Are you guilty of this?! I am…
When we think of injuries, we usually picture something that “happened” like a sprained ankle or pulled muscle.
But many injuries are actually caused by years of bad posture. This is me....after years of sitting on the side of a pool deck hunched over combined with years of swimming...hello rounded back! This led to issues with my shoulder (and of course the over-use of all "said" swimming, LOL). Where are my fellow swimmers? Do you have a rounded back?
One of the BIG causes of that is carrying a purse, briefcase, or a bag on one shoulder!
When you carry weight on one side all the time, you can end up compensating by rounding your spine to the opposite side in order to compensate. (Seriously, start watching people carrying bags and you’ll see what I’m talking about!)
This does NOT mean you can’t carry a bag with you.
BUT … if you are going to carry weight on just one side (we all have our favorite sides), there are some protective measures you can take. Do this:
Be mindful of your posture.
Stand tall and draw your shoulders down and back away from your ears to take the load off your rounded shoulders.
Engage your abs and upper back muscles.
Switch sides often.
Strengthen your core to help you keep an upright posture.
Did I miss anything on my list? Let me know in the comments!
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