It isn’t just your bank account that Christmas shopping can be tough on, it also causes extra strain to the back, neck and shoulders. So, to stay nimble this Christmas follow these tips:
- Distribute the weight of shopping bags evenly between both arms and try to take your bags back to the car periodically.
- Take regular breaks to sit down and rest your back.
- Holding bags at arms-length can cause tendonitis in the shoulder, so always carry heavy loads close to the body.
- Avoid extreme movements such as twisting the body while picking up or carrying heavy objects, and lift with your legs, not your back.
- Carrying large light items can be worse than carrying small heavy items, so avoid holding your body in an asymmetrical position for long periods and try to keep swapping sides with the object.
- If you are shopping on line, set up our desk and chair to make it as comfortable as possible, with your feet flat on the ground, your knees bent, hips higher than your knees and your eyes level with the top of the computer screen, which should be placed directly ahead of you and not over to one side.
- Avoid sitting on the sofa with a laptop for long periods as this can really stiffen your neck.
Follow these simple tips for pain-free Christmas planning!