Heavy backpacks and bending over while taking notes. We talk to experts on stress reduction.


Heavy backpacks and leaning over while taking notes – remember those school days? News 12 went to the experts to see how students can alleviate some of the stress on their bodies.

“I mean you’re carrying books that weigh 10 pounds,” says Adam Anton of Stretchlab in Marlboro. “I was that kid who didn’t go to my locker and didn’t have five books in his bag.”

Anton remembers those days, and now — he’s a flexologist helping others. So, in addition to pulling a few books out of the backpack, he has some suggestions.

“Children before sitting down and starting their day and sitting at their desks stretch well,” says Anton. “While they are relaxing, start their day and sit down at their desk. Now that I don’t feel all that stress and my shoulders pushing forward. I will sit down, have good posture – and if you type, try to stand more if your keyboard. So, as you type, try to keep your chest up, shoulders back, elbows out to the side. Rather than going down one finger at a time and getting closer to that screen. When you’re writing, the tendency is to really stick out that elbow and try to cover the paper, so people don’t cheat. Keep your elbow close and really concentrate. Even when writing, try to keep good form because of carpal tunnel if we start slouching our wrist in weird positions.

Here are some stretches: Cross your leg on top and gently push down. Try leaning forward if you can. For better posture, place your arms in the T and lean to either side. Go around the clock with your neck. Cross your legs and touch your toes.

Flexologists at StretchLab in Marlboro say that if you don’t focus on good posture early, you’ll need a lot of corrections as you get older.

“If you want to feel better inside and out. The more you stretch, the more you’ll start your day in a better frame of mind,” says Anton. you’ll feel taller and you’ll get up in the clouds. And it’ll make you smile.

According to one study, children sit for an average of 8.5 hours a day. The study suggests that dividing up the time children sit may be good for attention, but also for short- and possibly long-term health.

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