If you’re like most human beings in 2018, you probably spend a fair amount of time in front of a computer, tablet, or cell phone sitting, reading, texting, typing, or holding a phone up to your ear. Our workplaces and classrooms have been overtaken by the digital world. Even now, you are on your digital device reading this! So let me ask you a question…
Do you have neck pain, back pain, shoulder pain, stiff legs, headaches, or have you even gained a few extra pounds around the mid-line? I’m guessing that many of you answered, “Yes!” C’mon, we all know what’s contributing to this pain!
My neck and low back SCREAM at me every day. If you as an adult are feeling this way, I’d imagine your kiddos, who are diligently working on their digital devices, feel the same. Have you ever asked your students/children how their bodies feel after being at school? If you haven’t, I encourage you to start doing so and pay attention to the effects our digi-world is having on all of our bodies.
As a Shurley English Digital Assistant teacher, I make it a point to ask my student to pause their lesson and take a few moments to STRETCH! NO, the Teacher’s Manual doesn’t tell me to do so. So, WHY do I add this to my lessons?
· Our bodies were designed to move & it simply FEELS GOOD!
· Stretching benefits your brain as much as your muscles.
· Studies show that stretching can help your memory, help you think more clearly, and reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s.
Physical Therapist, Suzanne Martin, says, “Stretching affects not only our muscle system, but also our neurological system which operates the brain.…When you stretch, you lengthen some areas while relaxing others. The brain in turn regulates automatic functions like heart rate and blood pressure.” What an invaluable tool to teach our youth!
- Take a few deep breaths through your nose.
- Scan your body to see where you feel tightness.
- Use safe stretches and breath to work your way through major muscle groups. (hold each stretch for 30 seconds)
- Make this a part of your daily routine.
Personally, my daily stretching and breathing practice positively affects all areas of my life. When you open up to more flexibility in your teaching style, you open the door to greater learning opportunities.
WORK. BREATHE. STRETCH. REPEAT.