How to correctly lift heavy objects when moving
Moving in guides - September 30, 2021
Moving can be dangerous for you. Many injuries could happen. This usually happens what people lift heavy objects incorrectly. That is why we decided to give you a couple of our tips which will help you to correctly lift heavy objects when moving. One of the biggest causes of back injury is lifting objects incorrectly, and most usually during moving. One of the common mistakes is rounding the back, which can create a serious risk of damaging the lower back.
Hire professionals for this task
Luckily you don’t have to do all the lifting yourself, you can hire professionals to deal with this task. They know best how to deal with lifting heavy objects such as furniture and boxes. Besides, you will be protecting your carpets and floors this way too as movers are less likely to cause damage.
But even if not hiring movers you need to know some basic lifting rules. Before we start to lift, we should make sure to keep a wide base of support. We should always make sure that our feet are shoulder-width apart, with one foot slightly ahead of the other. This is called Karate Stance and it will ensure the proper balance during our heavy lift. What should be suitable for lifting the heavyweights is the deadlift. You should keep your back straight and hold the load as close to your body as possible. A variation of this could be a deadlift with arm support.
So, to remember – anytime you lift the medium to heavyweights, you must keep your back straight! If you want to change your direction, use your feet, and not your body! You should take slow, small steps. Lead with your hips as you change direction. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips.
Warm-up is important
If you really are going to be moving by yourself, remember to warm up. And you really need to prepare your body for a whole day of lifting. And also remember to correctly lift heavy objects when moving. This will ensure a safe family relocation.
Seniors shouldn’t even think about lifting as lifting is not only back-related, it is also knee-related. And knees can too get injured very quickly. That is why we would always recommend more experienced people handle this task for you.
More lifting tips
- You should never lift a heavy object above the level of your shoulders.
- You should get a good grip on the object with your palms. The closer your hands are to the bottom the better.
- Always avoid turning or twisting your body while lifting or holding a heavy object.
- You should use back belts and material handling devices when possible to reduce repetition and awkward movements.