Packing boxes and picking up heavy furniture during a move can be rough and extremely tough on your body. You want to ensure that you always follow the proper techniques on how to lift items properly to prevent injury.
Make sure to keep a wide base of support. Your feet should be shoulder width apart, with one foot slightly ahead of the other.
Squat down, bending at the hips and knees only. If you have to put one knee on the floor and your other knee in front of you, bent at a right angle *half kneeling*
Always maintain good posture make sure to look straight ahead, and keep your back straight, your chest out, and your shoulders back. This helps keep your upper back straight while maintaining a slight arch in your lower back.
Slowly lift by straightening your hips and knees and not your back. Keep your back straight and don’t twist as you lift.
Hold the load as close to your body as possible, at the level of your belly button
Use your feet to change direction taking small steps
Lead with your hips as you change direction. Keep your shoulders in line with your hips as you move.
Set down your load carefully, squatting with the knees and hips only.