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LIFT THAT BAR, TOTE THAT BALE Just be sure you're wearing a support belt when you do it. In addition to preventing back strain, these belts are also excellent hernia protection since they keep your lower abdomen (and the organs inside it) compressed so you're less likely to tear muscle or tissue while wearing one. If you've been to your local home improvement center recently, you've probably noticed that all the employees are wearing belts. Why? Because they work – and that means less employees taking sick days and filing disability claims. Get yourself one and use it anytime you have heavy lifting to do – for sure, your back will thank you for it.
A support belt is something you should have in your garage and use anytime you have to lift anything heavy. This is an excellent piece of gear for preventing injuries from heavy lifting.