Sometimes the simplest of things are taken for granted because we might feel that they are not so important. This goes without saying in most aspects of our lives. I wonder how we think when it has to do with something as little as a backpack and I wonder how many people would think about the proper way to wear a backpack.
Most people wear their backpacks every day and just dash out the door without ever considering if they are putting it on the right way. Our kids go to school every day and we never advise them how to wear their bags the right way.
We go hiking, we go camping, we travel, go to classes. We do these activities on a regular basis and most of the time we require backpacks for them but we never consider if there is a correct way to wear a backpack.
Now one might think that thinking about something as trivial as that might just be a waste of time with all that is going on around us but what you should know is that if ignored can lead to a level of complications in some people.
Now, why am I saying this… The reason is due to the fact that growing up I too never ever considered that I could properly wear a backpack the right way. Something as little as that might have led to some minor complications I am currently passing through. Who knows right?
When you finish reading this post maybe you would have a second thought if you should actually be doing it the right way.
Why Even Bother Doing It Right
Have you ever maybe felt a little pain on your shoulders and asked yourself where on earth did this come from? Ever felt that slight pain on your back that made you think what now?
Pains as little as these can make you go to the drug store to get something to relieve you of that slight pain. I know because I have done this on several occasions and I do know not everyone is a fan of taking drugs.
I know of some people that just the smell of drugs make them throw up. That’s to tell you just how the system of some people are.
That discomfort no matter how little it is can make us uncomfortable for the most part of the day which can lead to us having a crappy day.
Minor complications built over time can lead to major complications in the future if not dealt with. This is true for a lot of people and I am probably sure you have read or heard of such occasions.
So why bother with something as trivial as thinking of ways to properly wear a backpack. For starters, you don’t want to have a crappy day. That’s pretty much something you should easily check off your list.
Nobody wants anything to complicate their lives and I am pretty confident you don’t either. Avoiding minor complications like this can make for a better life. It is very important that we be careful the way we live our lives.
We need to make sure we take necessary precautions no matter how small the issue is.
Can It Really Alter My Posture?
Most people don’t know that minor daily activities can alter or change their posture either for good or bad because it really can. The way you position a load on your back can affect your posture drastically.
This is something that seems very minor and would hardly be considered by a lot of people. I see the posture of some people how they walk or sit. If such a person should tell you about their daily activities and how they have lived their lives you would see that their present posture is justified.
Do we look deep into our lives to know exactly how we live our lives considering even the tiniest of details? Do you carry backpacks regularly and have you ever thought about the proper way to wear a backpack? Please read on.
This is a subject that is really dear to me because I see how it affects some kids. These kids are still growing and whatever habit they learn now can stick to them for the rest of their lives.
They wear backpacks to school every day and if not worn right can affect their posture for the rest of their lives.
How Then Do I Wear A Backpack
You have read about some few complications when you wear your backpack the wrong way. I plan to write more on that on a later post but now let’s find out the proper way to wear a backpack.
Please note that with most things practice makes perfect and to master a habit and make it become an unconscious habit takes some time and you would have to make a conscious effort until it becomes a part of you.
This means you would have to do these for a couple of weeks consciously until it becomes a part of you.
Know Your Limit
First of you should not carry more than you know your body is capable of. Heavy load on your back can become a major problem especially if done on a regular basis.
Growing up I know the number of times I carried a heavy backpack and trust me when I tell you I did not feel great afterward.
Carrying a heavy backpack on a regular basis can create severe stress on your spine and also your shoulders and one of the outcomes of this is that it can alter your head posture thereby giving you a forward head posture.
Buy The Right Backpack
Personally, I don’t like heavy backpacks but I know that depending on the occasion one might want to own one but if this is done please it should not be a regular occurrence because it can cause you major issues down the road.
Some of us buy for fashion purpose. Using myself as a perfect example. Whenever I carry one for fashion purpose I make sure it is very light so that it would not give me any stress.
Try getting a backpack that has a waist strap and a chest strap and I would explain the reason for this below. This is one of the reasons why I tell people to have multiple backpacks so they can be used for specific occasions.
Wear Both Shoulder Straps
I like being cool and I like been awesome but I no longer look at another direction for anything that involves my health just for been cool and awesome. I put this here as one of the proper way to wear a backpack because when I was a student I always put on just one strap of my backpack.
During my time in college, I hardly taught about the health effect which should not be.
I knew I would feel some pain latter because of this but hey, I looked cool. This sort of behavior should be avoided because if this is done you are putting all the load on just one part of your shoulder whereas the load should be distributed evenly among both shoulders
Properly Adjust Shoulder Straps
You should make sure the shoulder straps on the backpack are properly adjusted. You need your shoulders to not feel uncomfortable. That is one of the reasons you need to properly adjust your shoulder straps.
Stabilize Your Backpack
Your backpack should be stable on your back. It does not have to be moving from left to right when you are working. This can result in a problem known as chafing.
You might think chafing is just a minor issue but like I said earlier on any minor issue that is unchecked can get built up over time and lead to major complications.
Chafing is like an irritation caused by friction and this friction can be clothing on the skin and even skin on skin
Know The Clothes You Wear
I have noticed that sometimes the type of clothes I wear are not ideal for the type of backpacks I carry. The type of outfit I put on might cause chafing and this would be between the cloth and the backpack.
I cannot advise you on the kind of outfit to wear. It is totally up to you to know exactly what works and what doesn’t.
Just Above And Below The Waist
Adjust your backpack so it is just above or just below the waist about an inch is OK.
Make Use Of The Waist Strap Or Chest Strap
Some backpacks come with waist strap and or chest strap. It is advised that if your backpack came with these you should always make use of it. The waist strap helps to reduce the load the backpack exerts on your shoulders by distributing the weight on your hips.
The chest strap helps put the backpack in place thereby reducing the rate at which it moves.
Make Your Life Easier
I always believe in making my life as easy as possible. Therefore, I like to check off my list the simplest of things because it is just one less thing to worry about.
A lot of people that wear backpacks would hardly think about the proper way to wear a backpack. There is the popular saying that what you don’t know cannot hurt you. I have no idea the person that came up with this statement because what you don’t know can actually hurt you and hurt you real bad.
A lot of people that own backpacks don’t even know that there is a right way to wear their backpack in other to avoid future complications.
I see kids going to school every day with heavy backpacks and their parents are not aware of the dangers of that. I encourage you to please use your initiatives and look at yourself and your surroundings so you can tell and help people on how they can live their lives the right way.
If you have any suggestions or comments on this post, please leave it in the comment section below and I would reply as soon as I can.