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Ways To Stress A Healthy Lifestyle To Kids Headed Back To School

Whether your child is going to be taking part in fall sports or they’re going to be getting their activity in physical education class, it’s important to maintain a healthy lifestyle.  To that end, a new report offers some advice on promoting good health and reducing the risk of injury both during physical activities and in other parts of a child’s life.

First, realize that the sedentary nature of many classrooms could leave a child open to immobility-based injuries.  Students should be encouraged to stand up and stretch their legs every 30 minutes.  In classes that don’t allow for this, tell kids that it’s alright to stretch their legs or roll their shoulders while seated.

How the child sits will also be important.  If working on a computer at home or in a computer lab, make sure that your child knows how to position themselves so that their wrists are straight on with the keyboard and they don’t have to strain their necks to see the monitor.  Many children may start out with the proper posture but then hunch forward as they work.  To reduce this risk, the monitor can be moved so that a child can look straight forward and be able to see what’s on the screen.

In the modern world, it’s just as common for a student to use a laptop or even a tablet computer to do their homework than it is for them to use a notebook.  Unfortunately, this means that many students will be tempted to sit in bed or on a couch to do their work.  In doing, they contort themselves into positions that seem comfortable but that cause them to unnecessarily crane their necks or crunch their backs.

Parents can lay out ground rules about homework, asking that students do it at a dedicated work station rather than in some other environment.  That way, they won’t stretch their bodies in awkward ways, and once they get in this habit, they’ll be able to continue it throughout their lives.

When students take part in physical activities, coaches and parents should encourage them to stretch.  In fact, a student can benefit from stretching even if they’re going to be sitting for a long period of time to study.  Students should know that a proper stretch involves holding movements for 15 or so seconds without bouncing.  If pain is felt, the stretch is being pushed too far.  And stretches should be carried out on both sides of the body as a means to achieve balance.


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