During this season, you have likely been moving around many more boxes than usual. You may recently have pulled boxes down from the garage shelves for last-minute holiday decorating or uncovered heavy cooking appliances that you normally only use around the holidays, or finally got into the garden or started on those home projects. You might have even purchased one or two large gifts as a Christmas surprise for a family member!

Whatever the case, it is important to be careful about lifting heavy items, as it could cause easily avoidable back pain.

  • Bend your knees to lift. By doing this, you will be able to maintain a vertical spine, reducing your chances of injury.
  • Lift from the bottom of the object rather than the sides. You will have a more secure grip on the object if you lift it from the bottom.
  • Carry heavy items in the “power zone”. This is the area between your mid-thigh and mid-chest and where you should be able to lift with the least effort.
  • Keep the object close to your body by keeping your elbows close.
  • Don’t twist your back while lifting; avoid tugging on the object.
  • If the object is too heavy to lift or is an awkward shape, ask someone to help!

In conclusion, lifting heavy items safely while preparing for the festive season holidays is crucial to prevent injury. Always bend your knees and lift with a vertical spine, ensuring you grip the object from the bottom for stability. Keep heavy items in your power zone, close to your body, and avoid twisting or straining your back. Most importantly, if an object is too heavy or awkwardly shaped, don’t hesitate to ask for help. By following these guidelines, you can enjoy a pain-free holiday season, focusing on the joy and festivities rather than nursing a preventable injury.

Stay safe, and have a wonderful holiday!

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