The Lost Art of Bending Over

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Gardening, as you all know, requires a lot of bending over. And if you're like me, it's about this far into the growing season (or sooner!) that my back starts talking to me.

I recently recalled something I heard on the radio much earlier this year: "The Lost Art of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare their Spines," and thought to revisit it. Below, I shared some guidelines and the original audio, so we could all benefit.

Remember: "Engage your hamstrings" and "bend at the hip!"



How To 'Table' Bend:

To hip hinge:
1. Place your feet about 12 inches apart. 
2. Keep your back straight. 
3. As you bend your knees, allow your pubic bone to move backward. 
4. Fold over by allowing your pubic bone to slide through your legs, down and back.

Below is the link to the entire article and a video demontsating the 'table bend.' I hope you found it as interesting as I did!