Full disclosure: working in home staging isn't always as glamorous as it may seem. Don't underestimate these small frames: We O+O gals are moving, lifting, pushing, hauling, loading machines. I've seen a sectional, treadmill, ping-pong table and daybed go from family room to garage in minutes. And I'm not joking. These girls aren't afraid to get down and dirty and git.er.done.
Who needs a gym membership when you can be a home stager?
But in all seriousness, this job can take a toll on your bod. About a month into working for O+O, my back was not super happy with me: I was having a lot of soreness and stiffness, so much so that I got a referral for physical therapy.
Long story short, I have a small degree of scoliosis and weak thoracic muscles, predisposing me to pain with repetitive lifting. After a few weeks of stretching and specific strengthening exercises, I am feeling so much better! I have also learned proper body mechanics for lifting heavy objects, a.k.a. furniture, boxes of accessories, etc.
You can practice this movement at the gym (start with lighter weight and increase as tolerated), focusing on form!! It's really true what they say: "Lift with your legs."
Use proper body mechanics and you'll be lifting heavy for years to come. Or at least until you outsource all that unglamorous stuff to your movers.