Carrying a stylish bag is in trend, not only to put in the necessities but also to carry extra stuff. Some of the things we commonly carry are Laptops, books, journals, bottles, and much more. Is that really good for your health though? Sometimes, a heavy bag in your hand or on your back can prove to be extremely harmful to your health.
Let us have a look at some of the things that can be dangerous for your health when it comes to carrying bags.
What harmful effects can be caused and how?
It has been noted in a study that if the weight of a bag is more than 10% of your weight, then it can prove to be dangerous for your body. This includes the weight of the bag when it is empty, which means that it is necessary to choose a bag which itself is light in weight. If the load is excessive then your neck and head are pushed forward to balance the weight. This causes an uncomfortable ache in areas such as the shoulders. This might eventually travel to your back, endangering the nerves near the spine. This is not it, it is highly likely for you to develop acute headaches due to the entire nervous system being in turmoil.
List of things to keep in mind when looking for a bag!
Get the right size of the handle in your bags
Single long strap shoulder bags are definitely not right for you as they tug you on one side in a C shape. It causes tiredness and aches in the weighed down shoulder. To add to the pain, these bags have straps that usually keep falling off, in order to prevent which, you hunch at your shoulders. Well, that is definitely not good for your shoulders at all. Also, it is advisable to avoid long straps that cause the bag to fall to your hips and below. Therefore, it is better to select bags with short straps that fall at your waist level for better balance as it is close to your center of gravity.
Get the right size of the bag
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It is extremely common to see people carrying large bags on daily basis. Most office going people have laptops to carry apart from a notepad, stationary, lunch box, wallet, water bottle, umbrella (usually), etc.
Imagine the torture on the shoulders which carry all the weight.
It is said that the size of the bag may not matter more than the shape of the bag as well as how best it fits with your body. If you have a bag on your shoulder then it should lie between your arm and torso. If the bag is on the forearm, it is better to ensure it falls to your waist. Bags are much safer to use this way.
A balance of materials and weights
Make the right choice of bags by choosing the ones which contain multiple compartments for different kinds of materials. This ensures that your movement does not cause the materials in the bag to move about and unbalance the weight.
Similarly, another important aspect is the appropriate division of weight which can be carried out in 3 ways:
- It is advisable to carry a proper backpack that is itself in fashion today not only for men but also for women. This balances the weight on both shoulders thereby dividing it. Also, ensure thick straps for the bag to avoid them digging into your skin.
- Another advisable matter is to carry bags on wheels in case of materials of bigger than normal size. There are regular day bags of medium and small sizes available in the market for this purpose. You must have seen on airports, Air staff like pilots carrying the trolley bags. This is in favor of keeping themselves healthy and safe from any back aches or injuries.
- Finally, an advice is to divide the weight in more than 1 bags. A small handbag for wallets and necessities on one shoulder while another bag with some of the other stuff in the other hand (like a tote). This ensures distribution of weight and perfect balance to put on the body.
Hence, the perfect way to ensure that you are stress-free when traveling with stuff is to balance out the weight. This helps you remain free of any aches or lasting injuries on the nervous system. After all, health trumps fashion any day! Even though, fashionable comfort can be seen in the market nowadays.
So, Go Shopping!
Article Credits: Mitalee Mithal | New Delhi | India