Good Morning All You Potential Readers:
I apologize in advance for this installment’s length. But since most of you will probably be watching more than four hours of “The Big Game” sitting on your couch, I’ll “bet” this will at least be a bit more beneficial.
As I was discussing my family’s move from the East-West Side to the West-West Side with one of my clients, he suggested that I write an installment on proper “lifting” techniques for picking up heavy boxes and furniture as well as the need to use hand carts and dollies.
While on the surface that seemed like I good idea, we joked together that true Westsiders normally hire movers to do what Anna and I (yes, and RBI) have been doing for the past month or so. Don’t get me wrong, we did hire movers for some of the work, but we did a lot more of it ourselves than I originally thought we would.
But instead of reminding you of what I am sure you’ already know, like; not curving your back and bending at the knees when lifting, I thought I would provide you with a way you can turn your move into a real workout. Yes, I know that any physical exertion burns calories and moving heavy boxes and furniture certainly tops the list. But if you leave most of that to the hired “guns”, what can you do to help speed up the process as well as get your workout in?
Well, as I have shared with a few of you in the past, I think one reason I’ve developed such an intense work ethic and can remain focused even when doing the most seemingly tedious and repetitive actions, like; jumping rope for an hour, not ever missing a workout and eating the same thing everyday for over a year (no exceptions), goes back to when I used to work weekends with my Dad.
As well as being the Assistant Executive Superintendent of Newark (pronounced Nork – if you’re from NJ) Board of Education, among other things, he was a partner in a wholesale flower shop. This shop was nothing like Florabella (down the street from the gym). This place serviced all of the major supermarkets with their fresh cut flowers and had satellite stores all over Essex and Union counties. Bottom line…this place was huge!
Anyway, there was a room, literally the size of IFC’s gym floor that was always filled with boxes and my job was to break them all down and throw them away. Easy! Easy! This is 30 years ago – a long time before recycling became vogue – so give me a break! Sorry. The breaking down of that many boxes…a daunting task, especially for a 12 year old, to say the least. So what did I do? I used to play games in my head and made it a competition with myself. I would time myself. Say 10 boxes in 5 minutes. Then, if I succeeded, I would try to break the “record”. And so on. You get the point. And I got a workout!
Now, how does this pertain to you, your move and your workout? Well, I suggest if you transport “stuff” on your move or even if you go shopping and come home with a lot of bags, you can treat it like a game or a training session. Let’s say you have 10 boxes in your car and you need to bring them up a flight of stairs. If they are not too cumbersome, try going up the stairs on your toes. Or try every other step. Then, once you put the box down, do a set of 10 sit-ups, push-ups or even jumping jacks (any exercise you can do quickly without equipment) and then “hurry” back to the car. Repeat this regimen until all of the boxes have been unloaded. Not only will you save money, by helping your movers, you’ll finish faster and even burn a few hundred calories. Believe me, it’s been a week and my calves still hurt.