Have you always been a green thumb and treasure that solitude in the garden with your plants, flower beds and maybe even your vegetable garden? Or maybe it's a hobby as of late that you want to continue.

If you are one who suffers from arthritis… you are not alone—there are 40 million people in the United States who are afflicted by this condition! And while many sufferers are truly disabled and even every day tasks are monumental in nature, many still have the ability to live a normal life with arthritis, continuing to do the things they love.

The first thing to realize is that weather has been shown to severely affect those who live with arthritis. In fact, a study conducted in 2007 by Tufts University, stated the following: 'every 10-degree drop in temperature corresponded with an incremental increase in arthritis pain—relatively low barometric pressure, low temperatures and precipitation can increase pain.' This includes cold, wet weather, dampness and humidity. Once these weather conditions pass, the symptoms tend to subside. Therefore, one of the things you can do to help yourself before going outside to spend that precious time in your garden, is check those weather conditions.

Now that you are ready to go out and start the clipping, planting, watering, weeding or pruning of your beautiful rose bushes, you must now consider the best way to keep those aches and pains at a reduced level—you can do that by choosing the best gardening tools that fits your needs.

So what are the top gardening tools to use? The answer… ergonomically friendly tools are your best bet. These tools help to take the stress of your wrists and hands -situating them in a more natural position. They also help when the soil is wet, keeping the weight of the trodden soil at bay.

Because arthritis compromises the strength of the hand, wrist or arms, using these user friendly gardening tools will help make your gardening experience much more pleasant.

Either way, there is no need throw in the towel or hang up that hoe!

Source: arthritis.org

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