Shopping Without Dropping

November 28, 2014 in Our News & Bulletins by Integrity Rehab

Shopping during the holidays can be an all day event and exhausting.  Here are some tips from physical therapists and occupational therapists on the proper and safe way to balance your holiday shopping:

  • Distribute the weight of shopping bags equally on both sides of your body.
  • Consider carrying a small backpack rather than a heavy purse.
  • Wear comfortable shoes; carrying packages while wearing high heels on hard surfaces can contribute to foot and ankle injuries.
  • Don’t carry overstuffed shopping bags for extended periods.
  • Consider using a shopping cart or getting help to carry packages to your car.
  • Make frequent trips to the car to drop off purchases.
  • Avoid prime shopping times to decrease wait times that can increase or exceed standing/walking time tolerances.
  • Plan your shopping trip ahead of time. Having a set list of gifts you intend to buy will help you plan for extra help, if needed, to carry purchases.Shopping