Lift safely by bending the knees, keeping the back straight, and lifting with the legs. Keep your arms close and keep the load close to avoid injury. Avoid lifting heavy items by bending at the waist, especially avoid twisting. Bending and twisting, such as when lifting something heavy, is a common cause of sprains and strains of the low back and disc injury. Be careful and don’t overdo it. Ask for help when you are lifting something heavy. It isn’t worth it to act like a ‘tough guy’ and injure your back.