Green thumbs with sore joints
Gardening has grown into one of Canada’s most popular pastimes. And arthritis sufferers don’t have to miss the joy of turning a plain plot of soil into a fragrant flower bed or succulent vegetable patch. With a few simple warm-ups, common sense tips, and precautions, arthritis sufferers can still dig right in:
- Be sure to work with your healthcare provider to determine how much you can do and what assistive devices might be right for you.
- Take a 10-minute break every hour. Keep track of time with a kitchen timer — don’t get carried away and overdo it.
- Select tools that reduce stress on joints and make sure they’re sharp and well-oiled. Keep an eye out for long-handled tools or a two-wheeled cart.