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Is Your Hobby Safe?

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by Michelle Ferris on Jun 21, 2016

We all have hobbies of some sort, from painting, to knitting, to home renovation. Every hobby has inherent risks - many that you might never think of.

When you set out to work on your hobby this summer, be aware of a few of the things that could cause you problems later, such as: sudden injuries (such as slipping off a ladder), repetitive motion, awkward joint positions, pressure on the joints, and prolonged and constrained postures.

Many hobbies require manual dexterity; be careful when using your hands frequently, as overuse can aggravate existing arthritis, cause carpel tunnel syndrome, or cause you to develop tendonitis. Here are a few tips to help you prevent injury and allow you to work longer:

  • Take frequent breaks. Make sure you rest a couple of times each hour.
  • Listen to your body. If something starts to hurt or ache, stop what you're doing.
  • Stretch. Make sure to stretch the muscles you plan to use before you start, and take breaks to stretch during your activity.
  • Practice good posture and proper techniques to prevent injuries down the road.
  • Take care to work intentionally, and be aware of your surroundings.

Enjoy working on your favorite hobby this summer, and put yourself in a position to work on it for years to come - be safe, smart, and prevent injuries!

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