Quick Tips: Proper Lifting Technique

  • Think Before You Move

    Before you lift a heavy object, decide where are you going with your object and the best path to get there safely, without too much turning or twisting.

    Also, be sure that you can lift the object on your own. If the object is too heavy, always ask for help.

    Healthy Tips: Always ask for help before you lift heavy objects.

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    Proper Lifting Technique
  • Start in a Safe Position

    Stand with your legs hip distance apart and place one leg slightly in front of the other. You can either squat to grab the object, or move down into a kneeling position and grab the object.

    Be sure to keep your back upright and core muscles tight. If you are in a kneeling position, it might help to rest the object on your bent leg as you prepare to stand.

    Healthy Tips: Tighten your core muscles as you lift.

    Proper Lifting Techniques

  • Lift With Your Legs

    From a squat or kneeling position, tighten your core muscles and lift straight upwards with your legs – not your back.

    It is often helpful to hold the object close to your body as you lift.

    Healthy Tips: Never bend from the waist to lift heavy objects.

    Lift With Your Legs

  • Do Not Twist or Turn

    As you lift the object, be sure not to twist or turn from the waist. When you are ready to move with the object let your feet lead the way.

    Twisting with a heavy object in tow can cause back injuries and muscle strains.

    Healthy Tips: Let your feet lead the way if you need to turn.

    Proper Lifting Techniques

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