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Smart Ways to Lighten Your Load and Save Your Back

Tuesday, 10 Sep 2013 08:39 AM

In 1902 the U.S. Cavalry recommended that a horse never carry more than 20 percent of its weight into battle, and current studies confirm that the percentage puts the least strain on the animal's heart, respiration, muscles and bones. Use that rule for what you and your children carry, too.

Unfortunately, kids regularly tote backpacks that weigh 22 percent of their body weight or more! A lot of you throw portable computers over your shoulders, haul a week's worth of veggies home from the farmer's market or strap on a baby carrier to tote around a 30- to 40-pound child.

Plus, many of you double or triple up. A purse weighing three to seven pounds shares a shoulder with a shopping bag overflowing with groceries and a gym bag with workout clothes. Then there's schlepping 40-pound carry-on bags through airports. Ouch! You're risking chronic lower back pain, shoulder (rotator cuff) injury, neck strain, headaches and poor posture. Kids can injure their spine in ways that may cause life-long problems.

Here's how to make whatever you're toting safer:

1. Weigh backpacks and purses; lighten the load if they're too heavy. Always use BOTH backpack shoulder straps. One-shoulder carrying amplifies the risk of lower-back and shoulder pain and restricts blood flow to the arm.

2. Get rolling! Computer cases, kids' backpacks, carry-on luggage, shopping carts and gym bags come with a great invention called wheels. Use 'em!

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