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Like this, back straight in all positions. Movement from hips.

NO! Never! Not Like this!! Stop looking at this picture….

“Lift with your legs not with your back!”  These are some very true words that need some refreshing, more specifically they need an explanation and then practice to follow correctly and make sure that you #1 don’t hurt yourself and #2 have a healthy spine for the rest of your days.

So here goes the 3 best ways to pick things up:

I’m proud of you for taking the time to learn and improve your habits.  By incorporating the squat, lunge and dead lift into your daily routine, you will be able to lifting things and care for your spine at the same time.  All you need is practice practice practice, an ounce of prevention is worth a truckload of cure.  I recommend at least 10-30 repetitions of each 5 days a week to get fully coordinated with them and have them be your new movement patterns, whether it is a sock, couch or fridge that needs lifting.  (better to hire out for a fridge ;-p)

Lift for health,

Dr. Nick Araza DC CCWP CFL1

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