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Lifting boxes full of stuff and heavy, awkward furniture can wreak havoc on your body. Many a back has been thrown trying to pick up a deceptively heavy fold-out couch. People endure this painful experience because they don’t mind putting in a bit of hard work, and they would like to save a few bucks in the process. The risk of suffering injuries while moving can actually cost you more in the long run than doing the move yourself. Read on for a number of tips that will help you move your belongings to your new home without hurting yourself:
Stay Within your Limit
Don’t try to take on more than you chew. If it looks and feels too much for you, it most likely is. Heavy and awkward items like sofas, large appliances, and heavy dressers should not be lugged around by just one person. Take a second to assess the situation and don’t be afraid to ask for help or make use of a trolley. Make sure you know where a certain item is going before you lift, to save you the trouble of extra carrying while trying to find a place to put the item.
Give your back a break
Sorry for the bad pun, but it’s good advice. Using your legs and your abs will save your back a lot of grief.
Lifting with your legs is common advice, but for a good reason. Get centred with the item you are lifting and then bend your knees. Take a deep breath and lift the item by straightening your legs slowly. When you are carrying the item, turn with your feet and not your hips.
Using your abdominal muscles while lifting and carrying a heavy item can help you take a lot of pressure off of your back. Even if you aren’t rocking a six-pack, flexing those ab muscles while lifting will do a lot for your back muscles and spine.
Keep It Close
The closer you are to that box of pots and pans you are lifting, the easier it will be on your entire body. The diagonal method works best here. Place one foot to the box’s side and the other foot behind the box. If you lift that way, the box should stay close to your body which eases the stress on your entire body.
The easiest way of all to avoid injuries is to hire a professional moving company like First Rate! Our friendly staff is trained in the art of lifting and moving and everyone on the team knows how to move things safely to protect belongings and people. It’s not worth the risk of an injury, you don’t want to spend your first night at home in the hospital, or laid up on the couch with a back injury for weeks!