Any activity that your body is not accustomed to will likely cause muscle soreness, but the following are some tips to help manage muscle pain and prevent injuries. Warming up before beginning your work with a short walk is a good start, aim for 10 to 15 minutes.
Watching your technique with lifting, shoveling and raking is very important – work close to your body, avoid bending and twisting simultaneously, lift with your legs, not your back and ask for a hand with heavy loads. To manage sore knees, kneeling on a foam pad is helpful.
To cope with muscle soreness in your forearms – stretch by straightening your elbows and bending your wrist, palm towards your body, then away from your body. Apply more pressure on your wrist with the other hand if desired and hold for several seconds to a minute. If any other areas are bothersome or you find yourself unable to manage, come visit us at Summit for more advice. Good luck with your greenery!