Tackle Back to School Shopping Safely
By Brandi Swieter
With the school year approaching and numerous supplies to purchase, it’s important for parents to understand safe shopping practices. Tackling back to school shopping all in a couple of hours’ time isn’t the best approach. Some safety and health concerns need to be considered before anyone heads to the mall or nearby department store in search of supplies, shoes, and clothes for their school-age children.
Bring Bags to the Car
Too many people attempt to carry multiple bags around the mall as they purchase items from one place to the next. This leads to far too much weight being carried, and often an uneven amount on each arm as well, causing back pain and problems. The better option is to bring bags to the car between each store to avoid having to carry such a large amount of stuff.
Stretch Before Starting
Not many parents think to stretch before shopping. They often have the mindset of going and getting the task completed so it’s over with and their kids are prepared for the new school year. Stretching doesn’t have to take a lot of time, though. Just a few minutes before heading inside the store will help tremendously. It’s especially important to stretch out the legs and arms, as these are the areas that will be impacted the most during the shopping excursion.
Shopping is exercise. As people walk up and down aisles and attempt to reach for items they need, their bodies are getting a workout. Because of this, it’s vital that back to school shoppers are staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water. This will keep their muscles and joints hydrated and flexible so they don’t get overworked and sore as quick.
Shop in Intervals
It’s best to plan out several intervals of time to shop for school supplies and clothes. Perhaps one time can be spent searching for supplies while another is intended for shoes. Still a third time slot should be set aside for trying on clothes. Breaking up the shopping will help to prevent muscle fatigue and make sure parents and their kids are not left feeling run down and tired at the end of the trip.
Any parents in need of a shopping trip to gather the necessary school supplies and clothes should be sure to follow safe practices when doing so. A full day of shopping can easily lead to back pain and worse problems if parents aren’t careful. Visit The Joint Chiropractic after shopping to help alleviate pain and tension felt within the joints.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Gilbert, Ariz.