If done right, outdoor chores are good for you

If done right, outdoor chores are good for you

When it comes to healthy, active aging, it’s all about simple adaptations. This is especially true of outdoor chores that can put a strain on wrists and hands.

Here are three ways to tackle tasks — and hobbies — with vigor:

Go low-maintenance.

By selecting native plant species for landscaping, lawns and gardens will thrive more easily with less intervention. Eliminate some upkeep by using groundcover plants in certain places instead of grass, or by landscaping with succulents that require minimal watering or even with decorative stones.

Seek out ergonomic tools.

Stock the toolshed with items created to make life easier. Fortunately, some product manufacturers understand the needs of older adults and are designing products accordingly. For example, Scepter SmartControl fuel containers are operated with a squeezing action, making them much easier to use than other types of fuel containers that require twisting a spout or holding down a button.

“We should never count seniors as down and out from life’s activities. Instead, they’re continuing to thrive at home, as well as fueling their passions of boating, motorcycling, jet skiing, and other activities,” said Daniel Marshall, vice president of marketing and business development with Scepter.

Stretch, strengthen and rest.

As with any exercise that puts strain on a particular area of the body, while doing outdoor chores, know your limitations and take steps to keep yourself healthy. Yoga and stretching exercises that target hands and wrists can improve mobility and boost strength, aiding in injury prevention. And remember, it’s okay to stop for breaks or spread chores over multiple days.


Ergonomic yard tools help make outdoor chores easier on the body,.