Back off: 3 questions to ask before you lift something
Whether you’re lugging boxes or laundry baskets, move with care
Heavy lifting — it’s more brawn than brains, right?
Actually, a little careful thinking before you pick up something hefty is a bright idea. It can help you lift wisely — and protect your back from injury.
Before: 3 smart questions
As you prepare to lift an object, ask yourself:
1. How heavy is it? Give it a light push with your hands or feet to see how easily it moves. If it’s heavy, get help.
2. Is it balanced? Lopsided items — or contents in a box that might shift — can make you unsteady.
3. Where will you put it? Choose a place in easy reach. And make sure the path to it is clear — and that pets and children are out of the way.
During: Use good form
When it’s time to do the actual lifting, get as close to the object as you can. And follow these steps:
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