#TaimeOutTip: (i know @vitalityhealthandwellness approves of this!) When it comes to your wallet, size matters. Carrying a big, fat wad of cash in your pocket can mean major trouble for your back. It’s the go-to spot for stowing your stuff, but sitting on a pile of cards, bills, and coins could put stress on your hip joint and lower back.
Let’s break down the chain reaction that occurs when you sit on your wallet. The bulge makes it so one side of your body is raised, so your pelvis hikes to that side, and your lumbar spine, or low back, will side-bend with it. Your mid-back will curve left to counterbalance it because your eyes want to stay horizontal. This side-bending in the low back will lead to all the muscles on your right side to become shortened & inefficient.
The left side of your pelvis, does the complete opposite. Those same muscles are lengthened to the point that they become insufficient. There’s a similar effect in the mid back. The side with the curve will be shortened, leading to overuse, shortening, and pain. The right-sided spinal stabilizers will be over-stretched and quick to fatigue. This will decrease your postural endurance and lead to pain when sitting.
Not only is your pelvis going to be out of whack, leading to muscle imbalance and joint strain, but also that wallet is probably pressed against your piriformis muscle and/or sciatic nerve, leading to sciatica. Your wallet could be the source of your lousy squat form, your slow run time, your tight back, your tight hamstrings, and your weak calves, hamstrings, and glutes. Your best bet: Take your wallet out of your pants when you sit down or drive.