Summer is in full swing and that means beach days, swimming in the pool, and firing up the grill. You think you may have already mastered the grill, but you need to also think about your posture to help prevent back pain while you’re having fun on the weekends.
You may think you can’t do much damage in the time you are preparing vegetables and seasoning meat, but a few tweaks to food prep can make cooking more comfortable. During the food prep process, try to maintain proper standing posture. Keep your shoulders relaxed and in a downward position. Tuck your chin to prevent strain and stress on your neck bone, which can cause neck pain. Keep your elbows close to the sides of your body.
It’s important to be mindful of your back while grilling. Here’s how you can protect your back and reduce the risk of back pain while grilling:
Take Breaks – A few minutes for hot dogs won’t require you to rest your legs, but if you are spending a long period of time grilling, bring out a chair and get some rest in between. Set it up in a shady spot to make it encouraging to sit down and relax.
Be Careful with Heavy Lifting – Take care when lifting heavy pots and vessels to prevent injury and remember to lift with your legs, not with your back. Ask for help with that crab pot!
Have Ingredients and Supplies at the Ready – Looking at the recipe and adding just one ingredient at a time leads to repetitive motions and can develop into a strain. Cooks should have all ingredients and supplies lined up and organized before they begin, to ensure they can quickly grab what they need and avoid reaching and rushing during the process.
When you spend time at the grill this summer, keep your comfort and efficiency in mind to minimize injury.
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