Moving to a new home is already a big project. The last thing that you want to do is lay yourself up for weeks afterward recovering from an injury. But it’s a real possibility. Moving is hard work, involving a lot of lifting and carrying. One wrong turn and things can go downhill quickly. We asked our Kansas City long-distance movers to share some tips for preventing injuries during a move and here’s what they had to say.

1. Make Sure You’re in the Right Frame of Mind

Take time to take care of yourself before moving day. We know it’s a stressful time but it’s important to get a good night’s sleep and eat a balanced diet with lots of water so that you’re in good shape when the truck shows up. Moodiness from low blood sugar can lead to poor decisions that result in injuries. But with a good night’s sleep and a good attitude, you’ll be one step closer to a safe move.

2. Pay Attention to Proper Lifting Techniques

You know the saying—lift with your legs and not your back. Most moving injuries are back strains from muscular injuries. According to Medline, it’s a good idea to know your limits. If you encounter something that is heavy or awkward, wait for help. In addition, keep these tips in mind:

  • Lift with your legs spread comfortably for a wide base of support.
  • Moves slowly.
  • Hold objects close to your body.
  • Bend at the knees so that you squat to lift and squat to set.
  • Face objects directly, don’t twist.
  • Use your core (tighten your stomach muscles.)

3. Keep Things Tidy

Make sure that you have clear paths through rooms and to doors without carpets, rugs, or cords getting in the way. Moving can feel like you’re turning your entire life upside down. But good housekeeping is still the best way to keep everyone safe.

4. Use the Right Tools

Just because there are a lot of boxes to move doesn’t mean that you have to carry them. A hand truck or a flat dolly and lifting straps can make heavy lifting a whole lot easier. Use what you have at your disposal and as your moving team for a little help.

5. Treat Moving Like a Workout

Start and end your day with a good stretch session. Your muscles will be doing a lot of work so take the time to warm them up and cool them down to prevent seizing. Wear comfortable-fitting clothing like athleisure wear that is easy to move around in but not baggy enough to trip over. And choose a great pair of shoes—you’ll be on your feet all day.

The Bottom Line

Moving is hard work and most of us underestimate the physical toll that it takes on our bodies. This is especially true if it’s been 20 years since your last move. Keep these tips in mind and treat moving day like a marathon. Drink water, stretch and listen to your body to prevent injuries.

King’s Moving and Storage is an A+ BBB-rated Full-Service mover. Our residential movers in Kansas City know how demanding loading a moving van can be. We help families of all sizes move across Missouri and Kansas and with more than two decades of industry experience we’ve seen a lot of different injuries. We offer a full range of scalable services nationwide through North American Van Lines. Skip the hard work and let our team take care of the moving for you. Call to learn more about our specialized safe moving equipment today.