When Bagging Leaves, Bend Without Injury

October 17, 2015

October is here and the trees are creating a display of rich golds and royal reds. We appreciate the beauty when the leaves are on the trees but inevitably those same leaves soon need to be raked, bagged and toted to the curb. Raking and bagging can be good exercise but make sure when picking up those bags you don’t injure your back. Here’s a quick review of safe and effective lifting.

Have your feet a comfortable distance apart with your toes wider apart than your heels. Make sure your knees are bending out in the direction of your toes. This gives you a solid support. Stand close to the bag or box you’re going to lift. As you bend direct your knees out over your feet. Allow your hip joints and knees to bend so your bottom goes backwards as your knees go forwards. Notice in the photo how the spine stays long from the tailbone to the top of the head. Remember the saying, “The spine is strongest when it’s longest.”


Now you’re ready to lift the bag. With your hands placed on either side of the bag, look at the bag you’re lifting and exhale as you begin to straighten your legs. As your legs lengthen, your ankle, knee and hip joints should all unbend simultaneously.



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