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The ERGO Gardener:
A Series of Ergonomic Gardening Tips
By Kathy Jones
Tip 2: Your Body Doesn't Like Strange Moves
Gardeners may be fairly sedentary most of the time until they get the itch to get out in the yard to clean up, weed or plant. Injuries can result if we expect the body to do a lot that it's not used to (deep knee bends, overstretching to reach a limb, etc.) So, if you're a weekend warrior when it comes to gardening, remember to use movements your body is used to and can handle when you garden. If you can't reach something, get down and move the ladder!
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Kathy Jones, Ph.D., is a retired professor in exercise and wellness. A San Diego Master Gardener for 7 years, she is also a graphic artist and copy writer for local clubs and businesses. She is past president of the Mission Hills Garden Club and the Mission Hills Town Council. She has spent the last six years renovating her own 100-year-old garden to incorporate more drought-tolerant plants.