For the most part, we’re all pretty aware that there are mental and financial limits when it comes to home improvement projects. However, for those people who take on projects of the DIY variety, there’s a health and wellness issues that’s often overlooked – and that is the physical toll that some projects take.
For instance, if you’re working with concrete, or lots of house painting, building or repairing fences, trimming trees, or doing heavy duty mowing and edging of your lawn, you know all about sore arms, back, legs, and neck. So if you’re not in shape or physically active before you take these activities on, watch out!
Working With Concrete
Concrete is wonderful stuff. On the most practical level, it’s probably the backbone of the foundation of your house, and the essence of your driveway. But, when it comes to repairing concrete, that’s a skill you might leave to the professional with their professional equipment, unless you want to have a diet of Aspirin and Tylenol for the next week. Want to keep your body in working order? Might want to skip out on that job.
Extensive House Painting
And you may think that it’s no big deal to give your house a new coat of paint. But when it comes time to get out those tall ladders and extend those arms in all directions, your muscles are going to be barking at you. And it doesn’t matter if you use a roller with an extension or a simple paintbrush, that repetitive motion will get to you eventually. Know your limits, or suffer the consequences!
Building Or Repairing Fences
And if you have any kind of yard at all that needs to be separated from the neighbors, then fences are the name of the game. And though a professional will probably put the initial framework up, over time you may have to do some repair. And the digging, and snipping, and pulling, and coiling motions that you’ll be going through are no easy task. Be sure to break up the process into small steps.
And what happens when your trees get a bit overgrown? Well, you get out the branch trimmer. And that sucker will work your shoulders to the bone if you aren’t careful. Plus, with the little saw thing on top that can reach 20 feet up? You probably want to be on top of your reflex exercises to avoid accidents on that end.
Mowing and Edging the Lawn
And it might seem easy to just ride along on your mower and cut your grass every few weeks, but when you have to add edging to the mix, that’s when your physical capability will show. Depending on how long some DIY takes take you, it makes way more sense to hire out than work yourself sick!
Originally posted on July 11, 2016 @ 10:24 pm