Lifting incorrectly can be harmful to your body. A lot of people hurt their backs, necks and shoulders while lifting. Here are a couple of really good tips to help you lift better and prevent injury to your spine and shoulders.
Get a firm footing with your feet apart for a stable base.
Bend your hips and knees instead of bending at the waist. This allows the leg muscles to take the load and not the spine.
Tighten your abdominal muscles. Abdominal muscles support the spine when lifting.
Ensure that you have a strong grip and that the load is as close to you as possible.
The closer it is to your spine the less force it exerts on your back and shoulders.
Brace yourself for the lift but continue to breathe normally through the lift.
Lift steadily and do not jerk the load. Look straight ahead, not down.
Keep your back straight and avoid twisting or bending to the side.
To lower the object, place your feet as you did to lift, tighten stomach muscles and bend your hips and knees.
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