Yeah, but I might need that someday!

In our daily rush, it's easy to overlook the small habits that can have big consequences on our health. One such habit that many of us are guilty of is sitting on our wallets. While it might seem harmless or even convenient to slip your wallet into your back pocket, this seemingly innocuous act can actually pose significant risks to your physical well-being over time. 

Why It Matters

The human body is designed with balance and symmetry in mind, but sitting on a wallet disrupts this natural alignment. When you sit on a wallet, especially if it's thick or packed with cards and cash, it can create an imbalance in your pelvic region. This imbalance can lead to a tilt in your hips and spine, causing strain on your lower back and potentially contributing to long-term postural issues. When I have had this conversation with men, many of them have used the excuse, "Yeah, but I might need that card someday!" 

I have even had men tell me, "well, I don't even feel it when I sit on it." My challenge to them is to switch the wallet to the other pocket. I guarantee that putting it into the other pocket they will feel it! 

The Health Risks

  1. Lower Back Pain: The most immediate consequence of sitting on a wallet is often lower back pain. The pressure exerted by the wallet against your buttocks and lower back can compress spinal discs and strain muscles, leading to discomfort and stiffness.

  2. Sciatica: Prolonged pressure on the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back down the legs, can cause a condition known as sciatica. This can result in pain, tingling, and numbness radiating from the lower back through the buttocks and into the legs.

  3. Pelvic Misalignment: Over time, consistently sitting on one side of your pelvis can cause it to tilt or rotate unnaturally. This can lead to uneven wear on joints, muscle imbalances, and even contribute to conditions such as hip osteoarthritis.

  4. Poor Circulation: Sitting on a wallet can also impair blood flow to the legs and buttocks, potentially leading to discomfort, numbness, and in extreme cases, contributing to conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT).

Simple Solutions

Fortunately, the solution to this problem is straightforward:

  • Front Pocket Carry: Switching your wallet to your front pocket or a bag can immediately alleviate the pressure on your lower back and hips. One particular brand I am familiar with is the Ridge Wallet.

  • Slimmer Wallets: Opt for slimmer wallets that minimize bulk and reduce the temptation to sit on them.

  • Regular Movement: Whether you're at work or traveling, make it a habit to stand up, stretch, and move around frequently to relieve pressure and improve circulation.

  • Awareness: Simply being aware of the issue and consciously avoiding sitting on your wallet can go a long way in preventing potential health problems.


While sitting on your wallet may seem like a minor habit, its impact on your health can be surprisingly significant. By taking proactive steps to avoid this habit and choosing healthier alternatives, you can protect your spine, improve your posture, and prevent unnecessary discomfort and pain. Remember, small changes in daily habits can lead to significant improvements in your overall well-being. So, let's keep our wallets in check and prioritize our health one habit at a time.


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