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Stretches for Kids

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Stretches should be done slowly and smoothly, without bouncing or stretching to the point of pain. Breathe steadily during the stretch. Repeat each 3 times.

Illustrations by Jeff Marinello
From: Children and Safe Computing: Keep Your Child RSI-Free, by Maureen Clancy. New York: Upright Press, 1999.

Reach for the Sun: Stand with feet hip-width apart and arms at sides. Lift arms over head and reach up with the right hand and then the left hand until a gentle stretch is felt in each arm and down the sides of the body. Be sure to keep the shoulders relaxed. Then fan arms out and down to sides.sun
Shrugs: Stand with feet together and arms at sides. Inhale and shrug shoulders up toward ears and hold for a count of 5, then exhale and let them drop down.shrug
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Talk to the Hand: Stand near a wall with feet together. Extend right arm out to wall and straighten elbow with palm against wall until a gentle stretch is felt on the underside of the forearm. Hold for a count of 10. Be sure to keep the shoulders relaxed. Do the same with the back of the hand against wall until a gentle stretch is felt on the top of the forearm.hand stretch
Listen to Your Shoulder: Stand or sit with feet together and arms at sides or on lap. Gently bring the right ear to the right shoulder (keeping the shoulder relaxed) until a gentle stretch is felt on the left side of the neck. Hold for a count of 10. Do the same with the left ear until a gentle stretch is felt on the right side of the neck and shoulder.shoulder
Eye Fitness Training: Every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Then look back at the monitor, then 20 feet away.


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