Proper lifting is essential in avoiding lower back injury. Lifting while bent forward at the waist places excessive loads on our lumbar discs and muscles which can lead to injury.
When lifting anything regardless of how much it weighs, it is important to keep your head and chest up and hinge from your hips to squat down. This enables you to be able to keep a neutral spine position in your lower back, thereby protecting your lumbar discs and other soft tissues.
Lift using your legs and not your lower back and keep the object you are lifting held close to your body.
Proper lifting mechanics video soon to come!