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Take Care of Yourself when doing D.I.YPosted in Interesting Articles on Feb 28, 2019
It is estimated that there are approximately 200,000 D.I.Y accidents each year in the UK. Although being active around the home can help your overall fitness levels it is always important to ensure you are not overstretching and possibly causing yourself injury.
DIY accidents in the home can cause accidents that can often be easily avoided. If you tackle home improvements make sure you consider your safety before starting.
If you are planning on tackling D.I.Y or home improvements make sure you don’t put yourself at any risk of injury. Make sure you are wearing comfortable loose fitting clothes that won’t restrict your movement. Do some basic warm ups before you start to loosen up your muscles to ensure that you don’t sprain yourself while working. If you are tackling a particularly long or gruelling job, try taking a break every so often to stretch This is to avoid being in the same position for too long which is more likely to cause muscle fatigue and injury, and strain on the joints of the back and neck (as well as shoulders, hips and knees). Vary your activity and try to spend no more than 20-30 minutes on any one thing.”
“Make sure you’re not twisting yourself or repetitively forward bending as this can place excess pressure on your spine and back muscles which could lead to an injury. Whether you are on a ladder or on the ground make sure you are directly facing the problem you are tackling rather than adopting a twisted stance for a long period of time. It is better to move a ladder regularly than keeping it in the same position and overstretching yourself.”
“Another point to consider is if you are working on the ceiling or the floor. If you are painting the ceiling use a paint pad or roller with an extended handle and hold it at chest height.”
“D.I.Y and home improvements often require a lot of heavy lifting and bending. The first thing to consider is whether you really can lift the load you want to safely, if you have any hesitations it is best not to. If you bend down to lift a heavy load with incorrect posture this can cause lower back and shoulder injuries and sprains. If you are lifting or carrying a heavy load, make sure your legs are hip width apart and your knees are bent. Ensure that both your head and shoulders are directly above your waist and keep whatever you’re carrying as close to you as possible. If you have to reach over or bend down to pick something up make sure you go to the load rather than making it come to you. Don’t lift with your arms straight out, keep your elbows bent and to your side to minimise the stress on your lower back. Avoid bending from the wait as this could cause a the risk of painful strains and injuries to the lower back, instead crouch down and bend from the knees.”
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