Watch Your Own Back
There’s no getting around it, carrying a backpack can be uncomfortable, fortunately, there are some rules you can follow to make carrying your bag less strenuous.
- Rule 1: Your backpack should never fall more than 4 inches below your waist. Low-hanging backpacks put too much weight on your shoulders, which leads to bad posture, so keep your straps tight.
- Rule 2: Your backpack shouldn’t be more than 5-10% of your body weight. Limit your load if you can.
- Rule 3: Compartmentalize. If your backpack has different compartments, do your best to spread the weight evenly to avoid putting too much strain in one place. Follow these simple rules, and your backpack should give you fewer back problems.
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