Understanding strength and overexertion

Dec 30, 2021
Written by wpengine

Young man holding his painful inflamed lower back

Research shows that we begin to lose muscle mass and muscle strength in our late 20’s. This gradual change in our physiology contributes to

problems related to aging, such as an increased likelihood of falling. These changes can also make it more difficult for people to engage in the activities they like.

Most people are aware of their limitations, but some will try to push their limits, leading to an injury. Encourage your employees to use tools and move equipment properly and use good body mechanics.

Another consideration is how ligaments and tendons lose their tensile strength and elasticity. This change can lead to overexertion in movements, such as when we twist at the waist, reach overhead, or bend over to pick up the morning paper.

Being more active will lead you towards a longer and healthier life. Simple activities such as regular walking and moderate strength training can cause a lessening of this decline as you age. These activities can also benefit other health issues, including diabetes, weight control, improved blood pressure, and maintaining motor skills. Take care of yourself now so that you don’t limit yourself in the future!

Both RS SafetyTV and the RS Safety Library can provide more details on this topic.

Rick Means, Director of Safety and Education, is available to help members with safety. Contact Rick at 360-943-9198, Ext. 118 or [email protected].