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The Back Tool That Makes Gardening Easy

Ah, spring…
such an inspiring time of year for devoted gardeners. But it’s also the season
of going to bed with achy arms, back, knees, feet, and even carpal tunnel syndrome.
We love gardening, but let’s face it, sometimes it hurts, right? So, any time
there’s a new way to make gardening easier on the body, my ears perk up.

PUSH/PULL

Shoveling
snow or just raking up winter’s chaos from the yard can really take a toll on
your back and arms. Then spring demands that we rake away dead leaves and winter
debris. Hoeing those newly sprouted mini-weeds each spring is one of the worst
pain culprits for me. Turning your compost with a shovel can set you back a
notch and then, when you’re ready for new soil in your fresh garden bed, you
have to push and pull the soil with a heavy rake or shovel to level your
planting surface. Simple daily outdoor tasks make gardening more of a challenge
than it should be. So, save your brute strength for something more meaningful.

BackEZ ergonomic handle

Here’s an amazingly simple idea that some smart (read: sore) person decided to patent: Any tool in your shed with a long-stick handle – hoe, rake, shovel, broom, power washer, squeegee, pitchfork – can be converted into a super tool with one surprisingly practical plastic add-on offset handle. The BackEZ ergonomic handle makes work with a stick tool easier on your body, helps you do the job more quickly, and requires way less energy.

ERGONOMICS

Ergonomics
is a rather dull term for basic body comfort, but when you’re an ambitious
gardener, ergonomics becomes critical. This great handle helps to create more
force at the working end of the tool. Rather than laboring with both wrists on
the pole, one hand is controlling and balancing while the other is pushing or
pulling to generate the power you need. 

Using
this BackEZ offset handle can actually decrease your muscle strain by 30%.
That’s a lot. It can also cut down on back bending by up to 10 inches (25 cm.),
which is remarkable. Standing up straight while you work is key to a
comfortable back.

The BackEZ
people designed an auxiliary offset handle so simple that it slips and locks easily
onto your “stick” tools and, once you use it, I’m pretty sure you won’t go
back. Grabbing the comfortable handle with one hand and holding your tool’s stick-pole
with the other actually changes the center of gravity. It’s so much easier to
do heavy jobs this way. You can secure the handle onto the pole where it’s most
comfortable for your height and arm length – the relief for your back is
remarkable, not to mention the added ease for your arm muscles.

TAKE IT EASY

If
you’ve ever had a back injury, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome or just a sore
gardener’s body, you’ll love having these virtual life savers in the garden and
around your home. If you aren’t impressed already, here are a few more details
about this remarkable little gadget:

  • It comes in
    different colors to help you spot which tool you’re looking for.
  • Its hex tool
    tightener tucks inside the handle.
  • It’s roomy enough that
    a gloved fist can grasp it with no problem.
  • It can withstand
    extreme temperatures.
  • It weighs only 7.3
    ounces.
  • It’s inexpensive.

The best part of the BackEZ is what it does for your back. Let’s be honest. Gardening can be painful, but it shouldn’t be. And now it doesn’t have to. This amazing product is available through Amazon. For just under $10, you can get this tool add-on and experience pain-free gardening and other push/pull tasks year-round.

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