Backpacks for school

School is almost over, once again. This year, in many countries though, it will be different: children and teenagers will not exit their classroom on their last day, all together, relieved after their yearly effort holding their backpacks full of books and materials to take home. For many kids, it will simply mean turning off their computers once and for all.

Even so, because we are naturally inclined towards positivity and hope, we want to get ready for a proper new school year in August (or September, depending on the country). And so, we, as parents, will soon begin to visit shops to provide our children with all the materials they will need to happily begin again: stationery, folders, ring binders, paper, notebooks, and backpacks for school, of course, which are maybe the most important items among all. Important in the way that they need some extra care when being bought.

Backpacks for school (but this is true for backpacks in general) must be well built. It is a duty of us parents to ensure that we buy a product that we can trust will cause no harm to our kids. Therefore, we should check for quality of materials, design and durability. This means that the backpack we are going to buy should have ergonomic, padded and adjustable shoulder straps so that our child does not suffer while carrying his bag. It also implies that it should be waterproof and scratch resistant in order to protect your child’s belongings, and it should last long. It basically means considering investing some money on it, because you want your son or daughter to be safe (and not develop back problems) and because you want the bag to last over the years.

If you have young children, it is advisable to buy backpacks for schools that have wheels. These are a sort of suitcase, a trolley with a long handle that the child can easily pull around, releasing him or her from the weight on their shoulder and back. They are a very good idea, in my opinion, and they consent children to have bigger backpacks, in case the school requires that a large number of books are moved on a daily basis to and from home. These backpacks for school are also interesting because they have many pockets and departments that allow for a better organisation of the materials. Plus their bottom is strong enough so that it can resist far more than a normal bag. 

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A computer chair is way more important that you think!

The computer chair is a valuable item to people who work sitting, at a desk, in front of their laptops. If you do not have such a job, you may wonder, why is a chair that important? Well, the answer is simple: have you ever tried sitting long hours? You will soon feel that it is hard and uncomfortable. Not only, it poses risks to our health.

It is conceptually wrong to believe that an office work causes no physical damage to a person. Certainly, the risks are inferior compared to those that the life of a builder, carpenter or pilot involve. Still, we can ruin our lives if we do not take care of ourselves. By that I mean you can underestimate the chair you sit on every day.

We are not meant as sedentary creatures and our muscles are designed for a certain amount of daily physical activity. The fact that in many of our societies (Occidental, at least) we have a problem with obesity, should have us think! It is not okay, it is not “normal” for our body to have to deal with extra weight, and in fact when our body weight is not optimal, we incur in increased risks of serious diseases. Similarly, when we sit too much (and this is not necessarily  only a work-related issue) we are not using our muscles properly so that they end up losing their tone; we do not help our blood circulation, resulting in risks of cardiovascular problems; we are not keeping a correct posture, which will cause serious back, shoulder and neck problems; we are not considering that our lungs suffer because we do not let them work fully.

This is why a good computer chair is needed. The computer chair is thought exactly for people that can’t move enough, due to their jobs: it is designed so that it offers a very comfortable seat for long periods and it ensures that all our body rests nicely. It is adjustable, as well, so that no matter our height, we can always sit in the correct position.

It may not be necessary to say this, but a computer chair is not a substitute of walking, jogging, or even simply standing up and stretching every now and then. And, of course, it is best to try and move around regularly during our day at the office. Yet, the computer chair is a great help to ensure we stay away from some health issues that would otherwise trouble our life!

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