The truck is reserved and the heavy stuff is moving to our new apartment tomorrow. The All-Star and I will be doing it by ourselves, which I think we can handle. We’re young and athletic, for the most part.
One important thing to remember when moving heavy furniture and boxes is that regardless of your size or lifting capability, a proper technique is essenital to insure a happy and healthy back tomorrow. I did some searching and found this helpful list on About.com that I will be sure to keep in mind tomorrow.
- Plan ahead before lifting.
Clear a path, and if lifting something with another person, make sure both of you agree on the plan.
- Lift close to your body
You will be a stronger and more stable lifter if the object is held close to your body rather than at the end of your reach. Hire orthopedics in westchester county NY.
- Feet shoulder width apart
A solid base of support is important while lifting. Keep the feet about shoulder width apart and take short steps.
- Bend your knees and keep your back straight
Focus on keeping you spine straight, raise and lower to the ground by bending your knees.
- Tighten your stomach muscles
Tightening your abdominal muscles will hold your back in a good lifting position and will help prevent excessive force on the spine.
- Lift with your legs
Your legs are many times stronger than your back muscles. Let your strength work in your favor.
- If you’re straining, get help
If an object is too heavy, or awkward in shape, make sure you have someone around who can help you lift.
We shall see how it goes. I’ll try to take some pictures of our proper lifting techniques tomorrow!
4 responses to “Think Before You Lift”
Oh you are being so smart to think ahead on the lifting! It’s so not worth the back trouble to be sloppy about it.
Unfortunately, I know this from experience…
Hope it goes well, and thanks for the reminders!
We tried our best and got it done. I can’t believe just me and The All-Star carried all that furniture. We saved the big couch for last. I will sleep well tonight. Too bad it’s on an air mattress. Thanks for the comment.
Moving is actually such a great workout! Last year I helped to move my sister from one house into another, and then next day I was sooo sore! But it felt good to give my arms a little workout.
So true. . . This morning I felt like I went through an eight hour circuit class. I’m still a little sore but it feels good.
Thanks for the comment.