Tips for doing chores without hurting yourself

Whether you’re planning to do a major home cleanup or just want to tick off a few household chores from your to-do list, here are some tips to prevent injuries:

Warm-up

Before you start, do some light stretching, bending and rotating to help prepare your muscles and joints.

Divide up your tasks

Avoid overloading your day by breaking tasks into shorter sessions. This will help maintain your energy levels without unnecessarily tiring your body.

Use the right tools

Ergonomic, lightweight tools make cleaning easier. Extendible brooms and vacuums, as well as appliances with adjustable handles, can help minimize the strain on your joints.

Wear support accessories

Knee pads, lumbar belts and protective gloves are essential for certain tasks. Don’t hesitate to use them if you need to.

Adopt good posture

Poor posture can quickly lead to discomfort and even injury. For example, bend at the knees rather than the waist and keep your back straight to reduce pressure.

Listen to your body

If a task is causing pain, stop immediately and ask for help. Remember that listening to your body is essential to avoid injury.

Visit your doctor if you’re injured.

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