8 out of 10 people suffer from some form of bad backs

As a rough estimate, 8 out of 10 people suffer from some form of bad backs or ongoing back pain at some point during their lives. Women more so, are prone to posture and back problems—thanks to toting around stupidly heavy handbags, general pregnancy and birthing or carrying your children around on one side, which leaves you unbalanced.

Whether you’re in the middle of fighting the back ache or just want to prevent it, here are a couple of expert-endorsed simple and effective ways to wage your war.

If your handbag or briefcase tips the scales at more than 10% of your total body weight, it’s too heavy and needs to be fixed immediately (plus, you need to learn how to carry it the right way also).

Purchasing yourself a new handbag (that’s right, we are giving you direct advice to go shopping!) with a long strap that lets you position it across your chest like a messenger bag will greatly even out the weight load.

Sleeping in the best position can also help you.

A firmer bed may not be better for your back, contrary to popular belief. A recent study found that people who slept on softer beds reported less lower-back pain than those who snoozed on harder ones. You could also try an adjustable bed to help in this area.

Lastly, by tightening your abdominal muscles, you can strengthen your core to help combat and offset the back pressure.

Having strong core muscles can help protect your back from injury. By using specialised exercise equipment to strengthen this area, you will feel more in control.

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