Most people really, really hate moving. In fact, many will tell you that it is right up there with getting a root canal or getting stuck in traffic for hours. While we all are well aware of the stresses moving can cause in your life, we often forget that it can also take its toll on your body.
Just think about it – all that lifting, pulling, and pushing will definitely give you a workout that you can usually feel for a few days afterward. So, in order to avoid this pain, you could make an effort to strengthen those parts of the body before the relocation process starts. This way, you’ll feel better physically after the move – and working out can also help alleviate some of the mental stresses leading up to it! Keep these tips in mind next time you are preparing to move.
- Your core. The core of your body can help you stabilize weight and maintain balance – two things which are crucial to lifting and transporting boxes and furniture. Strengthen your core by taking a yoga or Pilates class.
- Hamstrings and Quadriceps. You probably already know that your legs are the strongest part of your body. They are also in charge of moving you along as you carry a heavy television or a large box during the move. Do plenty of squats, lunges, and other plyometric workouts to get your legs ready.
- Shoulders and Arms. Because you’ll be doing plenty of lifting, you’ll need strong arms and shoulders. Do some overhead presses, posterior flies, and swim to achieve this. A few pull-ups wouldn’t hurt, either.
- Hands and wrists. During a move, your hands and wrists can really take a beating. Do plenty of wrist rotations and hand squeezes to get your hands in shape for the move.