How do you pick up?

No. 1 Magazine - - FRONT PAGE -

Whether you are lift­ing a bag of shop­ping, pick­ing up your child, or a box of of­fice sta­tionery, it’s im­por­tant to do it prop­erly oth­er­wise you can very easily dam­age your back.

So­lu­tion

When you are bending down to pick some­thing up, you must first tighten up your tummy mus­cles. Then, bend from the knees, not the waist. Keep the ob­ject close to your body, do not hold any­thing with your arms out­stretched. Try and avoid lift­ing any­thing higher than shoul­der height, or be­low your knee height as this puts pres­sure on your spine. When you are car­ry­ing some­thing make sure your feet face the way you are go­ing – avoid twist­ing your body in the op­po­site di­rec­tion from your feet.

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