With spring just around the corner, it’s time to start getting back into gardening mode. Perhaps you are planting your seedlings indoors. Maybe you’ve started planning out your ideal vegetable garden. Or, you might be exploring all the cool ideas on new Pinterest Boards.
No matter how you are preparing from another fruitful gardening season, make sure to incorporate ergonomic gardening tactics into your summer plans. Here are three reasons ergonomic practices will make this summer the best gardening season yet:
1 – Prevent Injury
Gardening may not be a contact sport, but it does come with its fair share of injuries. Did you know that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates over 100,000 gardening related injuries occur a year? Ouch.
More than 25% of those injuries are attributed to unpowered garden tools. This doesn’t even account for the most common complaint of back pain. Sidestep this slightly awkward fate by utilizing ergonomic practices combined with tools designed for human use.
At its core, ergonomics is based on designing environments and tools to best accommodate for human use. Because they were designed with the human user in mind, they have built-in measures to reduce overexertion and strain.
For example, the Bosse Shovel promotes a more upright posture while shoveling, reducing low back strain. The two handles offer additional wrist support. These innovative features are the byproduct of designing for human use. It’s ergonomics in practice.
2 – Work Smarter, Not Harder
Wouldn’t you love to accomplish more with less work? Of course, you would. Who wouldn’t want to maximize their impact? Think more beautiful gardens with less tedious measures.
Ergonomics allows you to do just that!
By adopting ergonomic practices and tools, you can only increase your productivity. Especially when working with these tools, know that the creators design them to leverage human strengths.
That’s exactly how the Bosse team approaches their design. The second handle of the Bosse Shovel increases your lifting power. Another positive feature is that it extends your wingspan. Now a shovel can help you be more efficient and effective in the garden.
3- Have More Fun
This is the ultimate goal. Gardening is your creative outlet, your passion and your pastime. Don’t let it be riddled with chronic back pain or stress from overexertion. When you take care of yourself, and protect against injury, you are going to enjoy everything more.
By implementing ergonomic practices, you are opening the opportunity to have this pastime bring you more gratification. Bottom line: you will feel better doing it. At the end of the day, few things could be more important than that.
The benefits of ergonomics extend far beyond the garden. If you apply this philosophy to other areas of your life, you will enjoy increased productivity and improved quality of life.
At Bosse, we fully believe in the positive impact ergonomics can have in today’s world. With all the technology we have available to us, we should be designing products to complement the human form. We’ve started by providing you with a full line of shovels. Who knows where we can go from here.