Protect your back for life! So often we get going on the laundry or picking something up from the ground that we don’t think is heavy and we hunch over and pick it up. Even if that shirt is light weight it is essential to still use appropriate body mechanics. Here are some ways to pick up objects with good form. Remember whatever it is you are picking up. Keep that object close to your body.
Squat to pick up: keep your feet TWO FIST WIDTH apart or wider, keep your BELLY FIRM, stick your butt backward
Golfers pick up: Standing on 1 leg, keep BELLY FIRM (engaging your transverse abdominis)
Squat Pick Up: Spread your feet apart, at least “two fist widths”, bend your knees and stick your buttocks out behind you. Keep your stomach pulled in tight (engaging your transverse abdominis).
Lunge to pick up: Step forward with 1 leg, Keep your weight evenly distributed on the front leg, lower yourself down, keep BELLY FIRM (engaging your transverse abdominis) and pick up object.