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Before digging in the garden, stretch to warm up muscles

The American Chiropractic Association says it is important

The American Chiropractic Association says it is important to warm up the muscles in your back, legs, shoulders and wrists before you dig in to spring gardening. Photo Credit: iStock

Shoveling dirt is a lot more enjoyable and productive than shoveling snow, but if you're not careful the consequences can be just as painful.

The American Chiropractic Association says it is important to warm up the muscles in your back, legs, shoulders and wrists before you dig in to spring gardening. The association passes along these simple stretches:

Weave your fingers above your head with palms up. Lean to the right for 10 seconds, then to the left. Repeat three times.

Stand up and grab the front of your left ankle from behind. Pull your heel toward your buttocks, holding the position for 15 seconds. Repeat with the right leg.

Sit down and put your left heel on a step or stool. Keep your knees straight and lean forward for 15 seconds. Repeat using your right foot.

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