Spring is finally here! And with the milder weather comes the desire to do a little spring cleaning (for some of us, that is). The warm sunlight and fresh spring air coming into our homes is a welcome change after the long winter we endured. However, with this reveals curtains and windows in desperate need of cleaning or walls shouting for a fresh coat of paint. But if you’re not careful, you could injure yourself.
Spring cleaning may not seem like exercise but due to its repetitive, strenuous nature, it can be pretty demanding on your body. With that in mind, here are a few tips to avoid an injury:
Before starting, warm up your muscles by stretching and going for a short but brisk walk. As part of any project around the house, use proper body mechanics: when lifting and moving furniture out of the way, separate your feet shoulder-width apart, keep your back straight and bend at your knees while keeping your stomach tight. If anything is too heavy or bulky to lift, ask for assistance. When cleaning hard to reach areas use a step stool instead of standing on furniture. Also, be careful not to overreach, throwing off your center of gravity, which could result in a fall. When working on high areas, avoid extending your neck and back upwards for long periods. Take frequent breaks, stretch your muscles and drink plenty of water to keep hydrated. Finally, don't overdo it! Spring cleaning can be a great form of exercise if done safely and correctly.