How to Lift Heavy Boxes on Moving Day (Without Getting Hurt)

People often get hurt on Moving Day because they don’t lift heavy items correctly. Lifting heavy boxes or heavy furniture incorrectly will almost always lead to muscle strain and back injury. 

That's why the Los Angeles moving professionals at Affordable Quality Moving and Storage put together step-by-step instructions on how to lift boxes safely on Moving Day. That way, you can enjoy your first night in your new home relaxed and slightly sore (instead of icing your back while experiencing muscle spasms).

Step 1: Wear some loose-fitting pants or shorts.

You’re going to be doing a lot of moving, lifting, squatting, and twisting today, so dress like you’re going to the gym! If you’re moving in spring or summer (as many people do), wear a light-colored shirt and some shorts that give you some mobility.

Flexible or mobile clothing is a must—you don’t want to be carrying a sofa and have your jeans rip mid-move.

Step 2: If it’s a heavy item, get a spotter.

Spotters aren’t just for the gym! If there’s any doubt that you’ll be able to lift the item alone, then get someone to spot you. If you’re struggling, they can step in and lift it with you, preventing damage to your back, your box, and your floor.

It's important to remember that even if you are capable of lifting something by yourself, that doesn't make it a good idea to lift alone. Moving is a marathon, not a sprint. If something would tire you out after lifting it, you might as well wait for assistance and save yourself from exhaustion later.

Step 3: Get organized.

When you step up to the box or heavy item, prepare yourself for a lift. Here’s what that means:

  • Put your feet shoulder width apart
  • Tighten your stomach
  • Flex your glutes
  • Pull your shoulders back

This tenses your major muscle groups, which is what you want right before a big lift. Think of it like pulling back on a bow before shooting an arrow. Loose bowstring = no power, and no power means no support.

Step 4: Pull your hips back.

This is the number one mistake people make when they lift: they don’t pull their hips back. People often do two things: they keep their legs straight, bend at the waist, and lift the box with only their lower back muscles, or they crouch straight down until their knees are out past their toes. 

Both of these will make you likely to injure yourself: the former will hurt your back, and the latter will hurt your knees. 

Instead, pull your hips back, keep your chest up, and bend your knees and hips at the same time. When you reach down to the box, your calves should be straight, with your knees straight above your ankles (or thereabout). 

Pulling your hips back loads up your hamstrings and engages your core, which is much safer for you than lifting with your (relatively small) lumbar muscles. (For a great demonstration of what we mean, check out this video!)

Step 5: Lift with your legs.

If you pulled your hips back correctly, this step should be redundant—you’ll naturally lift with your legs! But, for the sake of clarity, this is the step where you straighten your legs and your torso at the same time. 

If all goes well, you should be lifting safely and securely in no time. 

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