A Healthy Move

“Lift with your legs” is the common adage for those lifting anything heavy. If you’re planning a move, chances are you’ll have plenty of opportunities to put that adage to good use. Much has been written about being organized for a move, but it is also important to be physically ready as well.

Even if you are using a team of professional movers, chances are you’ll have some packing and lifting to do on your own. Leading up to moving day, be sure to eat well and stay hydrated. As things become chaotic it is often human nature to push past the hunger or thirst. Instead, try to focus on taking care of your body, knowing that you’ll need the energy and stamina that a healthy diet and hydration will provide.

As with any physical activity, it is a good idea to warm up before and stretch afterwards. Most don’t think of doing this for something like a move, but it is truly helpful. Stretching before, during and after the day of moving will help reduce the soreness you feel in the days following the move. Other pain relieving techniques include a warm bath, topical creams or acetaminophen. As with any muscle pain, if you do not notice relief over the few days following the move, be sure to consult with your doctor. It is possible that continuing pain might indicate a torn muscle or other injury.

Moving your household is stressful both physically and mentally. Take the appropriate precautions to be healthy in the days leading up to the move and during the move. These seemingly simple actions can make you feel much more capable of coping with the emotional side of the move.

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