How to Avoid Back Pain While You Shop Til You Drop

shoppingYou may have heard the expression, “Shop until you drop.”  While the phrase just means to spend a lot of money, it sounds pretty painful. Most ladies can relate to the phrase when they come home from a few hours of shopping and are just worn out. Back pain tends to set in after a few hours or the next day after shopping, which may have you regretting your purchases.

The good news is that you can actually avoid back pain and any discomfort brought about by hours of shopping and enjoying the mall. Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when shopping. If you really want to avoid back pain altogether, why not take up online shopping?  Otherwise, check out these tips to ensure that your shopping experience is pain-free in your body; we cannot promise the same thing for your wallet.

  • Wear comfortable shoes: Wear tennis shoes that support your arch and have some cushion to them. They may not be the most fashionable choice, but they will make your shopping trip more pleasant.
  • Dress comfortably: It is a good idea to dress in comfortable and loose clothing. Tight clothing can cause you to have poor posture which will make your back hurt at the end of the day.
  • Always stay hydrated: Drinking water is not only good for your health, it can also prevent back pain. If you are not well-hydrated, your muscles in the back and on other parts of your body will have more spasms leading to back pain.
  • Stretch and warm-up: If you know that you will be shopping for very long hours, it is best to warm-up and do some stretches before you go shopping. We know this sounds silly, but some people treat shopping as an olympic sport.
  • Avoid crowded places: As much as possible, try to avoid crowded shopping places. Crowds cause stress which can aggravate back pain.
  • Avoid lifting heavy items: If you buy something heavy, it is best to ask for assistance. Lifting heavy things improperly can strain your back.
  • Do not reach out for high items: Reaching out can strain your back. Ask for the help of the store employees.

Next time you are preparing to “shop ’til you drop” keep these tips in mind so that you don’t actually drop from back pain when you get home.


Story Credit, Image Credit: Shopping by Tinou Bao. Used under a Creative Commons license.






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