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Weekend weeders: Get exercise gardening and avoid back pain

Got back pain when you garden? Get our tips.
Got back pain when you garden? Get our tips.
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You've heard of weekend warriors who go to the gym only on Saturdays and Sundays, then pay the price with backaches on Monday? There's a similar problem that can occur if you garden only on the weekend - we're calling it Weekend Weeder phenomenon. And that pain is worse if you have a condition such as arthritis or fibromyalgia. So we tried out some different tools to find out what works to help you enjoy the exercise benefits of gardening without the pain.

When it comes to weeding, avoiding back pain isn't easy. Which is why we were so delighted to discover the Fiskars Uproot Weed and Root Remover (click for details). Without bending or kneeling, you can get out those pesky weeds easily. Not surprisingly, it has earned the Arthritis Foundation ease-of-use commendation.

Another favorite in our garden shed: Fiskars 9921 Softouch Micro-Tip Pruning Snip. For those of us who don't have hands the size of Paul Bunyon, finding the right size tools can be hard. These are perfectly sized and easy to use.

There's a bush in our backyard that attracts bees and bugs. Trying to keep it trimmed has been tricky. Now we've got the solution: Fiskars Traditional Bypass Pruning Shears (click for more information).

What to do when you're planting and don't want to awkwardly crouch or bend? After attempting various options, we've got our product in a combination kneeler and garden seat: Bosmere N470 Foldable Kneeler and Garden Seat.