Moving day workout

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For most people, moving falls roughly in the same category as going to the dentist, and maybe even a step below sitting in traffic. While moving services Hattiesburg MS will make the process relatively painless, still, taking your entire life, packing it into boxes, transporting it to a new location, and taking everything out of those boxes is rough – and not just on your mind! Moving can be very strenuous on the body. All that lifting, shoving, pushing, and pulling can feel like you’re practicing for a wrestling match. And when you are done, all your muscles hurt for days. But what if you can avoid all of that pain? What if we gave you a moving day workout to strengthen those parts of your body so that your relocation would be a breeze? Let’s look at what muscles we utilize during a move, and how we might prepare them for the big day…

man dead-lifting weights for moving day workout
Each exercise can be done effectively with bodyweight, or add dumbbells to create more of a challenge.

1. Core workout

Probably everyone dreams of a six-pack. However, the infamous turtle shell is only one of the many muscles that make up your core. There is also your obliques, the transverse abdominous, and the erector spinae working together to keep you moving and balanced and protect your lower back when lifting heavy loads. There are a lot of functional exercises to strengthen your core, including calling residential movers and not lifting a finger! All jokes aside, when training, focus on forearm plank, woodchoppers, and one arm side balances. Include a pilates or yoga class in your moving day exercise. Both can be extremely core-intensive. You shouldn’t just do the crunches or sit-ups. They only get a fraction of the job done.

2. Quadriceps/Hamstrings are essential for a moving day workout

Your legs are, by far, the strongest part of your body that is able to propel you forward when you’re lugging that 100-inch plasma up the stairs. Without hamstring strength, lifting any object off of the ground would be close to impossible. And any professional mover knows that all too well because they move heavy and robust items all the time! And without your quads, moving it somewhere would be impossible. Add squats, lunges, step-ups, and bent-knee deadlifts to your moving day workout to increase your leg strength.

3. Shoulders

Moving will make you feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders. If you commit to strengthening your shoulder muscles, the lifting will become safer and easier. Do overhead presses, lateral raises, posterior flies, and anterior raises. Swimming and rowing are also great ways to build up shoulder strength.

4. Arms

Having huge biceps are not necessary when lifting boxes, but some functional strength is more than helpful. Work your biceps with curls but also with various back exercises, like pull-ups and rows. Work the triceps with dips, extensions, and almost all chest exercises like pushups and presses.

girl working her legs on a gym machine
Running stairs or jump-based cardio workouts such as plyometrics are also great ways to work your legs.

5. Moving day workout: Don’t sleep on your hands/wrists

Strengthening your grip and wrists can only make your upcoming move go more smoothly. Get a tennis ball or a racket ball and squeeze it while also doing wrist rotations. That’ll get these muscles ready for moving day, as a bonus, it’s a great way to avoid carpel tunnel syndrome.