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How do you bend over and why?
Old 10-28-2019, 11:39 AM   #1
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How do you bend over and why?

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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Old 10-28-2019, 11:47 AM   #2
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It is not considered safe to lift with your back as is depicted in these pictures.

You need to lift with your legs, with your back straight is best.

-lots of injuries occur in workplace when people are lifting (like pictures) which is considered improper.
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Mostly bend down using my knees. On a good day can touch the floor barely while keeping my legs straight.
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:53 AM   #4
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Bending at the waist can irritate lower back muscles.
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Old 10-28-2019, 11:55 AM   #5
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Mostly legs. (465 lbs)

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Old 10-28-2019, 12:30 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 10-28-2019, 12:48 PM   #8
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Actually, once you're flexible enough, 10 toe touches is probably easier than 10 squats.
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Old 10-28-2019, 01:00 PM   #9
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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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Old 10-28-2019, 01:03 PM   #10
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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.
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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.
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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.
Me, too!

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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Depends.
Picking up light items, straight knees, heavy objects, bend knees.

Figure sakting pose skating on one leg, balancing on one square millimeter of steel, straight knee, while body and other leg at right angles to skating leg, one arm extended forward.
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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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Why?

Why is to pick up pennies that others mischievously leave on the ground.
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Most of the time I'd squat, bending my knees. Lately though with increasing knee pain I'm more likely to bend at the lower back, which in turn aggravates the existing lower back pain.

I used to pick up pennies. Now I don't bend over for anything less than a dollar.
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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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Bending at the waist can irritate lower back muscles.
Thats funny. I bend from the waist to help stretch out my lower back, particularly before beginning athletic endeavors.
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Usually when I bend over I am assisted by the gubmint, an employer, etc.
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I mostly bend at the knees. But I prefer it when the fairer sex bends at the waist.

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