How to lift correctly

10:21 am Health Care, Medicine

Follow these basic steps, as recommended by HealthBeat, whenever you need to lift something:

Face the object and position yourself close to it.
Bend at your knees, not your waist, and squat down as far as you comfortably can.
As you prepare to lift, tighten your stomach and keep your buttocks tucked in.
Lift with your legs, not your back muscles.
Don’t try to lift the object too high — don’t raise a heavy load higher than your waist; keep a light load below shoulder level.
Keep the object close to you as you lift it.
If you need to turn to set something down, don’t twist your upper body. Instead, turn your entire body, moving your shoulders, hips, and feet at the same time.
Ask for help lifting anything that’s too heavy.

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