Spring means time to get outside and start those projects around the home that you may have pushed off during the winter.
Whether it's repairing a fence or hanging pictures, don't let your DIY projects intimidate you. Break down a project into smaller pieces to be completed over the course of several days/weeks. This allows you to prepare for each step with the necessary tools and materials, eliminates extended strain on your body, and still offers the satisfaction of completing a major project in the end. When you are working, aim to take short breaks every 15 minutes or so to stretch and hydrate instead of spending several hours working in the same position.
Tools with large grips or foam handles are easier to grasp, and can help you work more effectively and with less pain. Accessories such as the Macor Revolutionized Wrench
provide the effectiveness of a typical wrench, but the increased surface area allows the individual to use less force to accomplish the same result.
Itâ€™s important to keep in mind one of the most common mistakes people make when lifting materials: Using poor posture or lifting something too heavy. Remember to keep your back stiff, bending at your knees, and keep the object as close to your body as possible to minimize additional back and shoulder strain.
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When getting ready for various DIY projects around the home, be sure to keep some of the following tips in mind to help complete the project with minimal pain.
- Place one foot on an elevated surface when standing and working for an extended period to help relieve back pressure
- Try to keep your arms close to your body instead of reaching with fully extended arms to minimize shoulder strain
- If kneeling for an extended period, grab an old towel or pillow to cushion the knee on the ground
- Push objects instead of pulling whenever possible and keep your back and head in line
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