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4 Purse Ergonomic Tips Every Woman Should Know

Posted by: Emily Sample, Exercise Physiologist   |   Thursday, September 4, 2014   |   Latest Articles   |   Back to Blog

clientuploads/2014/Purse-Ergonomics-172589294.jpgHave you ever stopped to think about what you are carrying in your purse? Wallet, keys, sun glasses, cell phone, charger, lotion, hand sanitizer, deck of cards, that golf ball you found at the side of the road, the entire contents of your makeup bag … the list can be endless! It can be tempting to shove anything and everything you can in to your purse, you know, just in case you need it. This has to stop, ladies! We are killing our necks, shoulders, and backs! The good news is there are some ways to de-clutter the clutch.

Weigh Your Options
A purse should weigh no more than 10% of your body weight, or no more than 10 pounds, whichever is less. A quick and easy way to tell if your bag is too heavy is to take a gallon of milk in one hand and your bag in the other hand. A gallon of milk weighs roughly 8 pounds. If your purse weighs more than that, it’s too heavy. Now is the time to start sorting through what you really need in there. Do you really need four of Timmy’s toys in your purse? Some decisions may be harder to make than others, but taking everything out of your bag and asking yourself “Do I really need this novel in my bag?” may be a step in the right direction.

Make Up Your Mind About Your Makeup
If you are anything like me, it can be hard deciding what makeup to take and what to leave behind. Find a way to make an on-the-go kit that includes two shades of lipstick, powder, concealer, and blush. The basics are all you really need.

De-clutter Daily
The easiest way to battle the bulge, is to take a few minutes at the end of every day to remove unnecessary items from your purse. Take out those receipts, loose change, and water bottle and shed an extra pound from your bag.

Embrace Ergonomics
The way we carry our purse also makes a huge difference. Make sure to center the bag to your body. As with anything we lift or carry, the closer to our center mass, the easier it is on our body as a whole. If you can find a purse that has a messenger style strap, that is a great way to distribute the weight between one shoulder and the opposite hip. The safest way to carry your things is in a small, light backpack. This encourages us to keep our shoulders pulled back and down. Take time to stretch and switch positions of your bag from one shoulder to the other. If your neck, shoulders and back ache at the end of the day, ice them for about 10 minutes to reduce inflammation.

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