Lifting Smart

When you need to lift a heavy object, follow these suggestions from the American Academy of Family Physicians:

  • Don't hurry or try to jerk the object. Lift it slowly and smoothly so you won't strain your back.

  • Face the object when you lift it. Don't twist.

  • Hold the object close to you, not at arm's length.

  • If you can straddle the object, bend your knees before lifting and keep your back straight.

  • If you can, carry the load so that it lies between your shoulders and your waist.