I've noticed a lot of people bending over with their legs fairly straight compared to how I bend over. I bend my knees more. I was wondering if they find it harder to do a squat than me or if I choose a squat because I have less flexibility than most people (I can't touch my toes with my legs straight). Would you bend like these women or would you bend your knees more:
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I thought for "back work" like leaning over to pick things up it was supposed to be better to keep your back straight and bend only at the waist. Roughly like the OP picture. The typical (American) bent back posture is harder on the back. Although I usually forget to do it the right way, it does feel good to at least change to a straight back when I remember to.
Certainly for heavy lifting I try to keep my back as straight and vertical as possible.
Adjust back like you're going to sit on toilet. And bend. Yes, kind like a squat. I have no back issues, I clean up after dog several times a day, laundry, oven, pick up stuff all the time off the floor.
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I bend over just like the people in the picture. I can still put my hands flat on the ground with straight legs.
This really helped me right after my total knee replacement surgery. Sitting up in my hospital bed, with my legs stretched out in front of me on the bed, I was able to easily put on my socks and shoes, and tie my shoes, without bending my new knee. Later, at home, I could trim my toenails the same way. Apparently most knee replacement patients have trouble doing these things. I had not realized that this was an unusual ability until then.
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Bending over to pick up something light - bend at the waist like the picture. And like Gumby I can put my hands flat on the floor with locked knees.
If I'm *lifting* something heavier - I squat. This is to avoid back injury. I had a tweaked lower back a few months ago and found myself doing squats to load/unload the bottom tray of the dishwasher... just to avoid the pain.
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If I'm up and down or picking something up that's heavy, sure the squat is the way to go. But if my head needs to be near the ground then I'll hang like the picture. Like now I'm doing some repainting - doing a lot of cutting in around baseboards.
And yes I can place my hands flat on the floor with my legs straight, and just bend at the waist. I'd rather bend repeatedly that sit like a catcher for minutes at a time.
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Usually when I bend over I am assisted by the gubmint, an employer, etc.
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