Pace Yourself – As with any activity it is important to pace yourself and not stress the body too intensely. Section the yard up and do them in stages or break them up over the course of several days. It is also a good idea to do smaller repeated sessions and stay ahead of it rather than wait to do one big job all at once. It is also key to take breaks as often as possible and to stay well hydrated. Dehydrated muscles are much more susceptible to injury than well hydrated, flexible ones.
Proper Gear – Proper footwear that is both comfortable and has a good support will help ease additional tension and stress on the body. Good grips that increase traction will help keep you steadier and less at risk of slipping and falling on potentially slippery leaves. Whenever possible use a leaf blower to make the task easier and faster.
Stretching – Again, like any other form of exercise, especially ones of a repetitive nature, stretching post activity is key to helping prevent injury. Stretches should be long purposeful holds with no bouncing and should be held for approximately 30 seconds.