Using and maintaining proper body mechanics is one of the best ways to improve your long-term health.
Body mechanics is a term used to describe the way we move as we go about our daily activities.
We often forget to keep good body mechanics when we are in a rush, have developed poor habits, or start to get tired. A common time to fall into this trap is during housework.
Here are some quick tips to help make activities like sweeping more healthy and comfortable:
1. Shift your weight from leg to leg when sweeping, vacuuming, mopping, raking, or shoveling.
2. Tighten your belly muscles to stabilize and keep your spine straight.
3. Allow the twisting and pivoting to occur at your hips and legs, not your spine.
4. Keep the work close to you by moving your body rather than twisting or reaching.
By maintaining good body mechanics during these activities, you will reduce your risk of sore muscles and injury.