In addition to considering the size, weight and position of the object you want to lift, you need to do a few other things to remain injury-free. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons recommends the following technique:
- Give your body a firm foundation. Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart (about one foot or 30 centimeters) to help stabilize yourself.
- Don't twist. Instead of bending your back to reach the object, bend at your knees, keep your chest pointed forward, tighten your abdominal muscles (your core) and lift with the strength of your legs.
And when you're setting the object down? Same thing.