This weekend 2 different people I know are moving, so of course I sent them this guest post as soon as I received it from Live Lighter’s guest blogger, Felicia Baratz! Here are a few helpful hints for you or your friends who are moving soon.
As you prepare for your big move, you face a daunting task. You have hours of packing to do, and the overwhelming task of sorting through your belongings to determine what you’re going to take with you and what you’ll leave behind.
Often, it’s easy to overlook your health while you’re focusing on moving. You begin to eat out, start dropping your exercise routine and sacrifice your sleep in return for packing just one more box. Yet, as you prepare for the big move, you need to prepare physically to avoid undue injury or other health risk.
Moving is physically daunting. Loading box after box on a truck puts strain on your body. Often, moves take place in warmer weather, particularly in summer when the chance of rain may be smaller. This weather puts you in danger of dehydration. Be sure to drink plenty of water before you begin and while you’re in the process of the move.
One of the most common reasons for injury during a move is because of heavy boxes and furniture. When you pack, pack smart. The boxes should weigh less than 50 pounds. If you are not sure about the weight of a box, try lifting it. If you have to strain, it is too heavy.
Protect Your Back
Your back is the most vulnerable part of your body when you are picking items up for a move. Even if you hire movers, you may find yourself stepping in to assist from time to time. You’ll also find there are items you want to move on your own because they’re personal or of high value. When you’re lifting heavy items or boxes, there are several things you can do to protect your back.
- First, wear a back brace. This brace provides additional support to the muscles of the lower back and can help eliminate some of the strain you experience.
- Next, practice proper lifting technique. Always bend with your knees, and keep the object you lift close to your trunk, not far out in front or lifted over your head. Lift smoothly, avoiding any jerking motions, and you’ll put far less strain on your back. Before you begin picking up items, stretch your major muscle groups.
- Finally, never attempt to lift large items, like furniture, on your own. And make use of a furniture dolly whenever possible.
Your big move is a major event in your life, and you want to end up at your new home in a position to truly enjoy it, not nursing a strained back or injured knee.
About the Author
Felicia Baratz is a writer living in the Indianapolis area. As a writer for doseofmyown.com, she specializes in articles about health and nutrition.
I moved within the last year (which I blogged about in How to Overcome Adversity & Attract What You Want) and know just how valuable this info can be. If you know someone moving soon, please send them the link to this post! Do you have any helpful health tips to prepare for a move?