Monday, September 16, 2013

How Purses Can Be Bad For Your Health

Being fashionable may hurt your healthPurses are important to us girls. We want something stylish. Something to carry all our daily essentials. And when you're a mom-something to carry all the little things they require. But when you shop for a new bag, do you ever think how it could affect your health?

Heavy purses can place extra pressure on the nerves of the neck and shoulders. This can result in neck, shoulder, and back pain. Is that trendy over-sized bag worth the pain?

The American Occupational Therapy Association offers some tips on how to pick out the right purse:
  1. Choose a handbag that is proportionate to your body size
  2. Select purses with built-in compartments. (This will help to distribute the weight more evenly.)
  3. Select handbags made of lighter materials, such as microfiber and fabric. (Heavy materials like leather add more weight.)
  4. Avoid thin & long straps; straps should be wide and adjustable. Strap pressure should not cause discomfort.
  5. Buy several purses for different activities. For short errand trips, have a small, compact purse. For long errands or day trips, consider a small backpack.
  6. Avoid heavily loading tote-style bags, which are worn over the shoulder.
You should also look at contents of your purse. The less weight you carry, the less pressure you'll put on your neck and shoulders.
  • Look at all the contents of your purse. Can any of them stay home? Or be placed in the car?
  • Remove duplicate items like lip balms, pens, lipstick.
  • Get travel-size items if possible. A travel-size bottle of lotion is much lighter than a full bottle.
  • Empty your purse regularly. Free samples, coins, receipts can add up over time.

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