Avoid Injuring Yourself During a DIY Move with these Tips from Professional Movers
It probably goes without saying, but moving can be dangerous. It is already exhausting and you are at risk for injuries from muscle strains, falling items, and general fatigue. While your best bet is to hire a professional team of movers, if you want to do a DIY move, then here are some tips to avoid any injuries that can ruin your day.
Lift with your legs
Most injuries from moving are the result of moving heavy loads improperly. When lifting boxes, you need to get down below the box’s center of gravity and lift primarily using your legs, not your back. While a team of professional movers knows this, novices may not. You want to lift the box like you’re doing a squat, not like you’re trying to stand up straight. You do not want to bend too much at the waist as that puts unnecessary strain on the back.
Keep water handy
Moving is hard work, and in the hot sun, there is a real danger of overheating. Make sure you always have a bottle of water at hand and make sure to drink plenty while moving. Dehydration not only makes you physically weaker, but it also can make you lose concentration which makes you more likely to make a mistake and injure yourself.
By the same token, you need to make sure you are properly fed throughout the day. Moving burns a lot of energy so if you haven’t eaten right you will get very tired very quickly. Foods high in protein and carbohydrates like peanut butter, nuts, and fruits are great moving meals that will give you lots of energy to burn.
When it comes to moving day clothing, you want to wear something that is comfy but not baggy and loose. Baggy loose clothing can get caught on boxes and edges, increasing your chance of injury. If you are moving during the hot summer, you want to wear something light and breathable. Also, closed-toed shoes are a must; no flip flops or heels!
Keep a first aid kit handy
When moving stuff, cuts and bruises are always a possibility. That is why you should keep a small first aid kit handy with bandaids and antisceptics at the ready.
If you are looking for the services of professional full-service movers, give Matheson a call at 570-234-3037. We will work with you at every step to make the move goes as smoothly as possible.