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Moving Tips: Physically preparing for a move is important

Sometimes, these stretches aren't enough to ensure you stay safe while moving objects. That's why it's also important to use the right techniques when lifting and shifting items of various weights and sizes.

Sometimes, these stretches aren't enough to ensure you stay safe while moving objects. That's why it's also important to use the right techniques when lifting and shifting items of various weights and sizes.

Though it's something you tend to do before working out at the gym or playing a game of basketball with friends, stretching can also be important to do on moving day.

Chances are, even if you've hired a professional moving company, you'll end up helping move some items on and off of the truck. Additionally, when the movers are gone, you may be left to your own devices in terms of moving the boxes and the items in them around your home.

A basic type of stretching to start with to ensure you don't cramp up or hurt yourself when lifting boxes, furniture, appliances and other items is a quadriceps stretch.

Quads provide a substantial amount of energy for your legs, so stretching your thighs for a couple minutes can give you the boost you might need to lift that flat-screen TV or coffee table. This type of stretch can be accomplished in many ways. A popular method is to grab your foot and pull your heels toward your back.

Another area of your legs you could focus on stretching is your hamstring. It can be easy to pull a hammy while trying to carry a 50-pound box up a flight of stairs, given the amount of stress you're putting on your legs.

You can do an exercise in which you lay down flat on the ground and stretch your legs straight out while touching and then slowly lift them up to create a 90-degree angle to the ground.

Legs aren't the only limbs you need to worry about aggravating during a move. Your arms need to be accounted for as well. That's why stretching your triceps may be helpful. An ideal way to stretch your triceps is to reach your arms across your body one at a time and hold them there for a minute or two.

Sometimes, these stretches aren't enough to ensure you stay safe while moving objects. That's why it's also important to use the right techniques when lifting and shifting items of various weights and sizes.