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Health Tip: Shopping Can Strain Your Back

Here are suggestions to prevent injury

(HealthDay News) -- The holiday shopping season may be over, but there are plenty of after-holiday sales to go around. It may seem like a simple activity, but shopping can put a lot of strain on your body, especially your back.

Here's a list of shopping tips, courtesy of the American Physical Therapy Association:

  • Distribute the weight of your shopping bags equally on both sides of your body to maintain your balance.
  • Don't carry a heavy purse. If using a backpack, use both straps. Also, keep your back straight to keep the strain off your shoulders.
  • Wear comfortable shoes.
  • Dont lug oversized bags over a long period. Make repeat trips to your car.
  • Use a shopping cart.
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