Don’t shop till you drop. Treat holiday shopping as an athletic event. Holiday shopping can hurt more than your wallet. Lifting and carrying all those packages can easily lead to aches, pains and strains of the shoulder, neck and back. Below is a list of ways to prevent holiday shopping aches and pains.
Wear shoes with plenty of cushioningMake sure your shoes have plenty of cushioning to absorb the impact of walking on hard shopping mall floors. Refrain from wearing high heels. Walking with high heels on hard surfaces can contribute to foot and ankle injuries.
Wear comfortable clothing
Make sure the clothing you wear is as comfortable as possible. It’s a good idea to wear layers, because you may be going from a cold environment (outdoors) to a warm environment (indoors).
Ask for help with heavy objects
If you’re purchasing an item that’s heavy, odd-shaped, or hard to reach, find some elves to help. Be more patient, ask for help, and don’t try to do it yourself.
Carry and lift items properly If you have to carry an item, test object's weight before attempting to lift heavy packages or luggage. Try pushing it with your foot. If it seems too heavy then take smaller loads, which are less likely to strain your back and are easier on arm and shoulder muscles. Keep the load close to your body when lifting. Distribute the weight of shopping bags equally on both sides of your body.
Use a small backpack to carry your items
Leave your purse at home. Keep your belongings in a zippered-up coat pocket or in a light backpack, packing only items that are absolutely essential (driver’s license, credit card, etc.). Don't carry overstuffed shopping bags for extended periods.
Avoid prime shopping timesTo decrease wait times that can increase or exceed standing/walking time tolerances, avoid busy crowded times to shop.
Take breaks During a day of heavy shopping, most people should take a break every 45 minutes. Those who lead a sedentary lifestyle may need to take a break every 20-30 minutes, while those who are physically active may get away with taking less frequent breaks.
Eat light foods When taking breaks, try to eat light foods. A salad and some fruit is a much better option than a burger and fries.
How Cardinal Physical Therapy Can Help
If you feel some unusual aches, pains or tightness, contact Cardinal Physical Therapy, your partner in physical therapy care.