Ideally, you will get your outside work done in the early morning or in the early evening – when the thermometer isn’t over 80 degrees. Sometimes, though, there just aren’t enough hours in the day to do things when you want to do them, you just do them because you need to.
For example, I like to mow my lawn before it gets too tall so that when I mow I don’t have piles of mulched grass in a long line that I then need to rake up. If I mow in time the grass that gets tossed from the side of my mower doesn’t mound up. I do not have the grass collecting attachment. So I try to mow before the grass is too tall. I have kids, and they have swim or whatever all the time. I work until 6pm, and while I want to mow in the evening sometimes I have other things I need to do then. So I mow while I can, even if that is 1pm and it is 95 degrees!
When I mow in the heat I sweat my brains out. I get dehydrated. I come in and take a cool shower and have about a gallon of water. If I didn’t cool off and hydrate then I would get light-headed and weak later in my day.
When we are over-extended, thirsty, tired, and burning the candle at both ends we are more likely to screw something up or injure ourselves carelessly. So, do yourself a favor and try to work in your yard when the temperature isn’t too high. It’s a hot summer and the heat enough will wear you down.
Even if it’s not hot out on the day you are working in the yard, it is still the season for yard work of all types. Mowing, trimming, cleaning out the pool, power-washing the deck, and all sorts of other physical endeavors end up occurring in the summer. We typically have an influx of new patients in the summer months, and it’s a lot of yard work-related injuries – pulled back muscles, pinched nerves, and jacked-up necks.
Please do yourself a favor and only work up to your limits but not past them. If it’s too hot, grab a cold drink. If you’re too tired, take a break. If you haven’t worked hard much lately, then start slowly and make sure you are careful. Getting back into activity after a period of rest – such as a busy summer after a quiet winter – is a recipe for sprains and strains of all kinds. We always welcome new patients, no matter how they ended up feeling all bent out of shape – but we prefer you just stay out of pain and not hurt yourself in the first place.