Slide show: Proper lifting techniques
Photo of man squatting as he begins to lift a box
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As another option, squat rather than kneel to lift an object from the floor. Stand as close to the object as possible, positioning it between your knees as you squat. Keep your feet parallel, as shown here, or stagger one foot ahead of the other. It might help to tilt one edge of the box up to ensure a firm hold.

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