To answer the question, Is my carry bag ruining my posture?
Short answer, yes..
Carrying the wrong bag and carrying it poorly places heaps of strain on your shoulders, back and neck..😫
BUT, you can take steps to reduce the load your bag puts on your posture.🎉
How much your bag- backpack, satchel or handbag- affects your posture is determined by these things..
1) The type of Bag
2) How heavy it is
3) The way you carry it
4) Your postural strength and endurance
So, let’s look at these factors and see which ones you can improve on..
1) What type of bag do you tend to carry?
A Laptop bag?💼
A gym bag?💪
It’s probably a ‘no-brainer’, but bags that allow you to carry your load fairly symmetrically win every time.
So backpacks are great- and there’s some pretty cool ones out there is you hunt around..
The best ones have a waist strap that allows you to distribute some weight to your hips and pelvis. That’s especially important is you have a heavy backpack, are carrying it long distances or have a sore, weak spine. 🎒
.. but maybe not ‘the look’ you’re after?
The next best option is a ‘satchel type’ bag that allows you to spread the load from one shoulder, across the chest, and the weight hand on the opposite side… more about how to carry it well later 💼
If you have a casual carry bag (like a gym bag), make sure it has a longer ‘over the shoulder’ handle, so you can carry it like the satchel rather than both handles.
If not, ditch it!
Lastly, the Handbag. Well, ladies, we do have a tendency to fall in love with a gorgeous handbag! 👜
Truth is, is you wanna do your posture a favour, keep your handbag as small as you can.
NOT choose the oversize option that allows you to fit the kitchen sink- unless it’s just for the beach!
2) How heavy it is
You knew it was coming!
Yep, it’s time to give your carry bag a spring clean 😃
The last time I did this, I found an industrial sized tape measure in the bottom that weighed a tonne! No wonder I was feeling weighed down L
So make sure you only have in it what you absolutely need so you’re not putting unnecessary strain on your body.