Tis the season for holiday shopping! At this time of year, people are susceptible to painful feet, legs, lower backs, and shoulders. Although you may not realize it, shopping does put a stress on the body. Even spending only an hour at the mall, bad habits can elicit aching muscles after. Here are shopping tips to keep the pain away this holiday season:
- All shopping bags are not created equal! Plastic and string-like handles put strain on and dig into your hands and shoulders. Refrain from carrying bags with a bent elbow. Find yourself a bag, or better, a backpack, that you can carry comfortably.
- Stay balanced! Make sure you split bags that you are carrying on both sides of the body. Or if you’re using a backpack, use both straps. Walking with unbalanced weight can cause more stress to one side of the body than the other.
- If you don’t need it, don’t bring it! If you don’t need your heavy winter coat inside the mall, leave it in the car. If you don’t need everything in your purse for the few hours you are shopping, leave it in the car. Why make your body carry around extra weight? Walking and sitting in long lines for the cash register with a lot of weight bearing on your body can take its toll.
- If you don’t have to go, stay home! Holiday shopping can stress you out physically, probably mentally too, after hours of holiday shopping and large crowds. So shop on-line! But do it the right way – sitting in a chair with back support, have your computer monitor at eye level, and keyboard and mouse at elbow level, keep your feet flat on the floor, and knees bent at 90 degrees.
With big families comes heavy shopping bags. Be conscious and don’t let the stress of holiday shopping physically effect your body. Remember these simple steps, and the holidays will be pain-free!