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Rushing Around, Moving Carelessly

The way you perform everyday tasks, from carrying shopping bags to taking out the trash to loading or unloading the dishwasher, can have a significant effect on how your body feels. Every motion has proper biomechanics, and if you don’t heed them, you can place undue stress on certain body parts and end up making your neck, shoulder, back, hip or knee pain worse, says Dr. Gross.

Solution: Slow down and pay attention to how you move. That means: Don’t twist your spine while standing or sitting for long periods (because this strains the back), and always bend from the knees and hips/pelvis, rather than the waist, to lift something from the floor.

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