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26. Ooh, you didn’t want to do that…

Unless you have the physique of Manolos, you’d better learn how to lift any weights in a way that protects your back from strain.

East European weightlifters probably practise by playing catch the fridge, but for most of us picking up a heavy bag of shopping or moving an item of furniture is enough to put your back out.

Think before you lift

The bottom line is that if you’re not confident that you can lift an object safely because it’s too heavy or awkward – don’t lift it. Don’t take the risk. There’s always an alternative way to move it without straining or injuring your back. And if there isn’t – well some things are just destined to stay put! The alternatives can even be fun – you could insist on being ...

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