Poly bags aren’t going away anytime soon.
In fact, the trend is already catching on.
According to the American Council on Exercise, poly bags have more than doubled in popularity since 2015.
“I think that the reason for this is that people are becoming more aware of the importance of taking care of their health and fitness,” says Dr. Dan Grossman, a clinical professor of medicine and preventive medicine at the Mayo Clinic.
“It’s not just a bag of a certain size or shape.
Poly bags are made of a very strong, waterproof material and that’s what allows them to hold up and stay on your body longer.”
One of the benefits of poly bags, according to Grossman and other experts, is that they can be used for more than just a single exercise.
“Poly bags can be a very effective tool in the prevention and treatment of common musculoskeletal disorders such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis,” says Grossman.
“They can also be used to support your muscles in a variety of different ways, such as supporting the spine, keeping the back straight, and stabilizing the spine in your neck and shoulders.”
There’s one catch.
In addition to the weight, some of the advantages of polybags are their ease of use.
They can be put in a single bag and used on a regular basis.
For those who don’t have the space or equipment, there are other benefits.
For example, polybags have been used for decades as a form of medical bandages.
“When you take a polybag, it can hold up to three times its original size,” Grossman says.
“If you’ve got an old, old polybag lying around, it will probably last a lot longer than one with a new polybag in it.”
If you need a poly bag for more specific use, like a weightlifting machine, you can buy a box of the same size.
Another benefit of polys is that the poly bag can be reused several times.
In a study published in the Journal of Applied Physiology, researchers found that people who used polybags for a weight loss goal in the gym had less than a 1% chance of returning to the gym after using the bag.
Grossman agrees that polybags can be useful in some cases, but says that the benefits come at a cost.
“We do not recommend polybags in individuals with conditions such as arthritis, rickets, or osteoarthropathy,” Grosser says.
Other poly bags can also have problems.
“The bags can sometimes break if you’re trying to take them out of them,” Grossmann says.
The American Council of Exercise has compiled a list of poly bag hazards.
Poly bag safety can also vary from product to product.
Some poly bags are designed to withstand harsh environments, such like salt water.
Others, like those made from recycled polyester, are made to be lightweight, so they won’t break down in water.
For a poly-bag bag, you may want to buy a bag that doesn’t contain too many holes or cracks.
Also, be sure to check the product description to make sure it includes any warnings about the hazards of using polybags.
“A poly bag has some potential to become an issue, but you should be very careful with it,” Grossmen says.
Some manufacturers claim poly bags provide better support than traditional bandages and that they will last longer.
Other brands have claimed poly bags will be more durable than traditional plastic bags, and have said they will not cause any structural damage to the bag if it’s used for a long period of time.
“This is really a personal choice,” Grossmans says.
If you have a poly bags problem, it may be best to talk to your doctor first.
“You should discuss the risks and benefits of using a poly and polybag bag with your doctor,” Grossam says.
He recommends consulting a qualified professional, such, a plastic or rubber surgeon, to get an accurate diagnosis.
If your doctor isn’t able to diagnose the problem, you might want to consult a health care professional.
“Once you have that diagnosis, you’ll be able to determine the right kind of treatment plan to use,” Grossm says.