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These simple movements or daily routines can end up hurting you if you're not careful.  Make sure to do these simple activities the right way as outlined below.  

Standing

Posture. Posture. Posture.  Make sure that you keep your chin up and don't slouch.  If you know you are going to be standing for a long period of time, make sure you wear comfortable shoes.  

Working at a Desk 

Stand up every 20 minutes to stretch. The type of chair you have is extremely important. It should fit you correctly so that your back touches the chair and your feet are on the floor with knees at a 90 degree angle. Adjust your computer monitor so that it is at eye level. 

Sitting 

Make sure you have a chair that is supportive. When you are forced to sit for a long period of time, for instance at a desk job, make sure to get up and stretch every 20 minutes. Sit with your back against the chair, feet firmly on the floor, legs uncrossed. 

Lifting 

Lifting objects is one of the most common ways to injure yourself. Even if it is a light object, twisting or pulling in the wrong direction when you're not stretched out can have a damaging effect on muscles and the spine. You always want to bend at the knees and avoid lifting anything you know is too heavy. 

Overall Physical Activity 

If you know that you are going to be working or playing for a while, make sure that you are adequately stretched out and warmed up. Even if it's something light like gardening or just pushing your child on a bike, it's easy to pull something if you're not warmed up. 

Talking On The Telephone 

If you're forced to use the telephone for a long period of time, a speaker or a headset is a must. By all means, avoid cradling the phone between your neck and your shoulder as this could cause you to damage the muscles or vertebrae in that area. 

Resting or Sleeping 

Straining your neck or back while you're sleeping is a very common occurrence. We often fall asleep in strange positions where we are not supported properly or our necks are at an odd angle.   If you are going to nap or watch tv in bed, ensure you are in a supportive position.