School bags: wheels or not?

If you told me about a school bag with wheels when I was at school, I would have laughed in horror. And if I had received one as a present, I would certainly never have used it. What is a bag with wheels, anyway? Isn’t it more correct to call it trolley?

Well, as I see it now, if I had had school bags with wheels when I was a kid, most probably, I would not suffer from backache the way I do… According to my doctor, in fact, a major contributor to my current health problems is that for long years I have carried heavy weights on my back, referring to scholastic knowledge, of course. We all wanted to be cool when we went to school so we would only care about style, but even if I wanted to, I would not have been able to get one of these new wheeled school bags, because by then they didn’t exist. However, now they do. While you can get many models of school bags, the ones with wheels are very much appreciated and largely sold. The reason is obvious: why carrying heavy weights on your backs if you can avoid to? The answer is so clear, so sensible… what better way to ensure your child’s back is not in danger?

All these words are meant to get to the question: should I buy a school bag with wheels for my children? As far as I am concerned, the answer is 100% yes. Do not hesitate! And yet, do not make the mistake to forget about other requirements. When you go to the store and start looking for bags with your child do not just check wheels and colours. There are a few more features you need to check out, to be sure you buy a quality product – you do not want to be buying another bag next year, do you? So, inspect the material it is made of, check if it is waterproof and if the bottom is resistant to abrasion (we all know kids do not exactly take care of their belongings and usually just drop their bags wherever); also check if the size of the bag fits the size of the child and that the shoulder straps are adjustable; and do not forget to look how it is made inside (compartments are a very good thing to keep order). Finally, hold it for a while and choose a bag that it is not heavy when empty, you do not want to add any unnecessary weight to your children’s already heavy school bags. If you keep in mind these few tips, you will make the right purchase, guaranteed!

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The Office Chair, how to choose it

Whether you spend a lot of hours in front of your laptop or at your desk, choosing the right office chair is important, if you want to avoid health issues, such as backaches or neckaches.

How do we choose, then? The best office chairs, the high-quality ones, feature a series of adjustments you can do to seat at the right height and to have your back to correctly rest on your seat. Height adjustment, lumbar support, knee supports are only a few features available to the best office chair. Naturally, such chairs do not come at a small price. These are pieces of furniture specifically designed to ensure you can use them for long periods of time and to last for many years, it would be silly to assume they are cheap. What to do, then, if you can’t afford it? Well, the advice here is to wait until have enough money saved up to invest in a really good office chair.

There are many offers, and it is not easy to decide which chair is best – especially because you should try it yourself, meaning you should sit on it for a day or two, and that of course, is not an option. So, to help you choose, while you should seek the help of a professional, here are a few extra tips:

  1. Ergonomics. A good office chair must have a seat that is ergonomically correct, with a robust structure, adequate lumbar support, made with quality materials and padding so that is adapts to the body shape of the user.
  2. Comfort. Choose your office chair for its comfort, not design. Comfort is a must in this matter, probably the only thing that counts. Don’t let yourself get tricked by an intriguing design that may end up being a downside.
  3. Quality check. Make sure you are buying a good product. Do some research before selecting the brand or shop.
  4. Space. Remember that your office chair has to fit in your office, that is, don’t buy something that is too big or can’t be moved around.

In conclusion, remember that you sit a lot of hours, and that this is a long-term condition. If you are going to buy an office chair you have to go for a good product, so you don’t get injured – this is a health matter. Don’t go cheap. Make sure that you invest in it and that the chair is comfortable enough. Comfort first.