The Ideal Weight Of A Handbag, According To A Chiropractor

Large Editorial Image


October 6, 2015

Most of us walk around with our entire lives in our bag. And while it might make things easier, it certainly isn’t doing our bodies any favors. Carrying around a too-heavy bag can cause aches, pains, strains–even muscle tears! So we asked Dr. Evelyn Haworth, a chiropractor and co-inventor (with her husband Kelly Haworth) of the Tru-Align Body System, what the optimal weight a woman’s handbag should be.

Shoulder Bag

Whether you’re slinging it over one shoulder or across your body, the maximum weight a shoulder bag should be is 10 percent of your body weight (if you’re healthy with no injuries or issues). So if you weigh 140 pounds, your bag should be no more than 14 pounds. “Ideally, it would be less so you’re not putting too much strain on your body–and the wider the strap, the better,” says Dr. Haworth. “Be sure to not always wear it on the same side of your body.”

Backpack

Guidelines for backpack users who are healthy is no more than 20 percent of their body weight. But make sure the bottom of bag is fitted right at the waist to match the natural indentation of your body, says Dr. Haworth. And bonus points if it has a belt around the waist.

Tote

With straps too small for the shoulders, designer tote bags have to be carried in the “Arm-Hook Crook” fashion. Keep this one under 10 pounds. And try not to pick it up from the floor, which can strain your back. Instead, keep it on a shelf or counter so you don’t have to bend down to grab it.

Clutch

Without a strap, you’ll be holding this in your hands or under your arm, so keep it under five pounds. If there is a strap that you can put around your wrist, you can go up to five pounds max. And don’t swing your clutch around–this can pinch and strain muscles in your hand, arm, wrist or even back.

Don’t miss Sephora’s new Korean beauty section and everything you need to know about getting hair extensions.

[Photo: Walk In Wonderland]

 

Shop handbags

More handbags | 3 of 191119 »

GG Marmont velvet mini bag by

Gucci

Buy Now

Icon Signature chain wallet by

Gucci

Buy Now

Small Canvas Check and Leather Bucket Bag by

Burberry

Buy Now




  • Millennial Pink Coats Are In! Shop The Prettiest Picks Of The Season Now

    Millennial Pink Coats Are In! Shop The Prettiest Picks Of The Season Now

    Style

    today

  • These Cute Bun Hairstyle Ideas Are Perfect For Mornings When There's No Time To Blow Dry

    These Cute Bun Hairstyle Ideas Are Perfect For Mornings When There's No Time To Blow Dry

    Beauty

    3 days

  • Nordstrom's Bestselling $19 Leggings Are Back In Stock--Grab A Few Pairs Before They Sell Out Again

    Nordstrom's Bestselling $19 Leggings Are Back In Stock--Grab A Few Pairs Before They Sell Out Again

    Style

    3 days

  • Weekend Project: Make Your Own Cleansing Facial Wipes

    Weekend Project: Make Your Own Cleansing Facial Wipes

    Beauty

    3 days

  • The One Hack That Will Forever Change The Way You Shop At Zara

    The One Hack That Will Forever Change The Way You Shop At Zara

    Style

    3 days

  • Hurry! This $39 Tunic Sweater Is Selling Like Crazy At Nordstrom Right Now

    Hurry! This $39 Tunic Sweater Is Selling Like Crazy At Nordstrom Right Now

    Style

    3 days

  • This Is The One Hand Cream You Absolutely, Positively <em>Need</em> For Winter...

    This Is The One Hand Cream You Absolutely, Positively Need For Winter...

    Beauty

    3 days

  • Nordstrom's Super Popular Peacoat Is Now Available In Red... And It's Only $37!

    Nordstrom's Super Popular Peacoat Is Now Available In Red... And It's Only $37!

    Style

    3 days

  • 5 Ways To DIY Eyelash Growth For Longer, Stronger Lashes

    5 Ways To DIY Eyelash Growth For Longer, Stronger Lashes

    Beauty

    3 days

  • Drop Everything - Here’s How To Win Free Lush Products RIGHT NOW

    Drop Everything - Here’s How To Win Free Lush Products RIGHT NOW

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Score A Gorgeous Leather Rebecca Minkoff Bag For Under $100 With Our Exclusive Promo Code

    Score A Gorgeous Leather Rebecca Minkoff Bag For Under $100 With Our Exclusive Promo Code

    Style

    4 days

  • Upgrade Your Fall Look With These Creative Ways To Wear A Scarf

    Upgrade Your Fall Look With These Creative Ways To Wear A Scarf

    Style

    4 days

  • It's Trench Coat Season! Shop The Best Styles For Fall RN

    It's Trench Coat Season! Shop The Best Styles For Fall RN

    Style

    4 days

  • 5 Beauty Products Sephora Can’t Keep In Stock Right Now

    5 Beauty Products Sephora Can’t Keep In Stock Right Now

    Beauty

    4 days

  • First Look! Check Out LG SIGNATURE's Stunning Collection On Display At Bloomingdale's

    First Look! Check Out LG SIGNATURE's Stunning Collection On Display At Bloomingdale's

    Style

    4 days

  • This Is The Best Maybelline Foundation For Oily Skin

    This Is The Best Maybelline Foundation For Oily Skin

    Beauty

    4 days

  • Chip & Joanna Gaines' Target Home Collection Just Made Your Holiday Shopping Super Easy

    Chip & Joanna Gaines' Target Home Collection Just Made Your Holiday Shopping Super Easy

    Celebrity

    5 days

  • Forever 21's Plus Size Line Just Got a Fabulous New Makeover

    Forever 21's Plus Size Line Just Got a Fabulous New Makeover

    Style

    5 days

  • A Beginner's Guide To Using Crystals To Relax & De-Stress #WellnessWednesday

    A Beginner's Guide To Using Crystals To Relax & De-Stress #WellnessWednesday

    5 days

  • 5 Target New Arrivals To Shop Before They Sell Out

    5 Target New Arrivals To Shop Before They Sell Out

    Style

    5 days

  • Here Are The Best iPhone X Cases For Every Kind Of Person

    Here Are The Best iPhone X Cases For Every Kind Of Person

    6 days

  • Get A Sneak Peek Of MAC's Holiday 2017 Collection (You're Going To Want It All!)

    Get A Sneak Peek Of MAC's Holiday 2017 Collection (You're Going To Want It All!)

    Beauty

    6 days

  • Here's Why Those Urban Decay Vault Combos Are TOTALLY Worth It

    Here's Why Those Urban Decay Vault Combos Are TOTALLY Worth It

    Beauty

    6 days

  • This Is The One Blouse You Need To Purchase For Fall

    This Is The One Blouse You Need To Purchase For Fall

    Style

    6 days

  • Once And For All, Here's How To Take Off Eyeliner Without Scrubbing Your Eyelids

    Once And For All, Here's How To Take Off Eyeliner Without Scrubbing Your Eyelids

    Style

    6 days

  • Sale Alert! The Best-Selling Tarte Shape Tape Concealers Are 25% Off Right Now

    Sale Alert! The Best-Selling Tarte Shape Tape Concealers Are 25% Off Right Now

    Beauty

    6 days

  • Use Our Exclusive Promo Code To Score The Best Rain Boots Ever For 20% Off

    Use Our Exclusive Promo Code To Score The Best Rain Boots Ever For 20% Off

    Style

    6 days

  • 5 Things You Need To Know About Nordstrom's Return Policy

    5 Things You Need To Know About Nordstrom's Return Policy

    Shop

    6 days

  • This eBay Hack Will Help You Get Some Serious $$ From Your Old Purses

    This eBay Hack Will Help You Get Some Serious $$ From Your Old Purses

    7 days

  • Drop Everything--These Are The New Launches Our Editors Are Shopping Now

    Expect To See A LOT Of This Hat In Your Social Feeds

    Shop

    7 days

  • Gift Alert! All The Beauty Products Our Editors Want This Year

    Gift Alert! All The Beauty Products Our Editors Want This Year

    Beauty

    7 days

  • 5 Best Sephora Shampoos For Thinning Hair That Won’t Break The Bank

    5 Best Sephora Shampoos For Thinning Hair That Won’t Break The Bank

    Beauty

    today

  • 8 Gucci Fashion Dupes That Look Like The Real Deal

    8 Gucci Fashion Dupes That Look Like The Real Deal

    Style

    today

  • Here's Everything You Need For A Harley Quinn Halloween Costume

    Here's Everything You Need For A Harley Quinn Halloween Costume

    Style

    today

  • 6 Amazon Beauty Products Under $5 With Amazing Reviews & Reputations

    6 Amazon Beauty Products Under $5 With Amazing Reviews & Reputations

    Beauty

    today

  • These Hunter Boots Knock Offs Are Seriously Cute And Functional

    These Hunter Boots Knock Offs Are Seriously Cute And Functional

    Shop

    today

  • 5 Cheap Natural Products Dermatologists Swear By For Callus Removal

    5 Cheap Natural Products Dermatologists Swear By For Callus Removal

    Beauty

    today

  • Hold up -- Did Kendall Jenner Photoshop Her Latest Instagram Pic?

    Hold up -- Did Kendall Jenner Photoshop Her Latest Instagram Pic?

    Celebrity

    3 days

  • Target Booties Our Editors Love (And Are On Sale!)

    Target Booties Our Editors Love (And Are On Sale!)

    Style

    3 days

  • Are Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton Having A Baby Together?!

    Are Gwen Stefani & Blake Shelton Having A Baby Together?!

    Celebrity

    3 days

  • The Best Coats Under $100 This Season

    The Best Coats Under $100 This Season

    Style

    3 days

  • What's In The Gigi x Maybelline East Coast Glam Collection? Here's Everything You Need To Know About Gigi Hadid's New Makeup Line

    What's In The Gigi x Maybelline East Coast Glam Collection? Here's Everything You Need To Know About Gigi Hadid's New Makeup Line

    Beauty

    3 days

  • Sophia Grace from Ellen Looks SO Different Now

    Sophia Grace from Ellen Looks SO Different Now

    Celebrity

    3 days

  • The One Drugstore Powder You Should Stop Using, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Drugstore Powder You Should Stop Using, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    3 days

  • Everyone Thinks Joe Jonas And Sophie Turner Are Expecting & We're Freaking Out!

    Everyone Thinks Joe Jonas And Sophie Turner Are Expecting & We're Freaking Out!

    Celebrity

    4 days

  • 7 Things Every Fashion Girl Over 30 Never Wears

    7 Things Every Fashion Girl Over 30 Never Wears

    Style

    4 days

  • Um, Did Jennifer Aniston Not Realize Her Top Was Completely See-Through?

    Um, Did Jennifer Aniston Not Realize Her Top Was Completely See-Through?

    Celebrity

    4 days

  • The Ultimate Guide On What To Wear To An Office Holiday Party

    The Ultimate Guide On What To Wear To An Office Holiday Party

    Style

    4 days

  • The One Drugstore Cleanser You Should Stop Using, According To A Dermatologist

    The One Drugstore Cleanser You Should Stop Using, According To A Dermatologist

    Beauty

    4 days

  • 5 Pairs Of Leggings That Don’t Actually Look Like Leggings

    5 Pairs Of Leggings That Don’t Actually Look Like Leggings

    Style

    5 days

  • Your Ultimate Guide On What To Wear To Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

    Your Ultimate Guide On What To Wear To Thanksgiving Dinner This Year

    Style

    5 days

  • Ashton Kutcher Explains Why He'll Never, EVER Post Pictures Of His Kids

    Ashton Kutcher Explains Why He'll Never, EVER Post Pictures Of His Kids

    Celebrity

    5 days

  • Kylie Jenner Just Showed Off Her Baby Bump On Snapchat & Everyone's Freaking Out!

    Kylie Jenner Just Showed Off Her Baby Bump On Snapchat & Everyone's Freaking Out!

    Celebrity

    5 days