Moving is not only stressful on the mind and emotions, but on the body. Packing things, cleaning your house, and moving around heavy objects can all take a physical toll and there is a real risk of physical injury. To avoid any unnecessary moving injuries, Priority residential and office movers are here to give some advice on how to move safely and minimize the risk of injury.
First things first, don’t try to handle the move on your own. Even if you are actually capable of moving your heavy items by yourself, you always want someone to watch your back in case of an emergency. You can ask friends and family for assistance or hire the help of professional residential and office movers.
When moving heavy boxes, make sure you are lifting properly. Lifting should be done primarily with your legs, not your back. When gripping a heavy box, make sure your center of gravity is lower than the box. That way you are less likely to strain your back from arching.
Always make sure you have a bottle of water on hand, especially if you are moving during the hot summer months. Dehydration affects attention, strength, and judgment so if you are dehydrated you’re more likely to make a mistake and hurt yourself. Priority office movers recommend trying to drink at least 8 oz. of water every hour to an hour and a half.
By the same token, be sure to intersperse your moving schedule with regular breaks. Even if they are as short as 15 minutes, that may be all you need to recharge.
Stairs are one of the most common places to sustain an injury while moving. Ideally, you should never try to take mid-sized to large objects down the stairs by yourself. Make sure you have someone assisting you or watching your back in case you trip. Pregnant people, in particular, should avoid moving things up and down the stairs.
If you are looking for commercial, residential or office movers, give Priority a call at 858-256-4808 or contact us to schedule a free moving quote.