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Whether you're a child, a teen, a college student, or a person exploring academia at a later age, it's important to put a little bit of thought into what you're going to use to tote around your laptop and books.

Setting yourself up for success in the classroom involves studying the right material, making notecards for memorization, eating a healthy diet, staying active, but also taking care of your body by not putting undue stress on it, undue stress that can come about from carrying a cumbersome book bag (or, backpacks, as they are commonly called). 

Read on for a few things to keep in mind to make the right choice when it comes to backpacks.

Limit the Amount of Weight You Carry Around

Make sure that you only carry that which is essential in your book bag. Try to spring for a lightweight laptop -- as long as you don't sacrifice quality as a result. Choose paperback editions over hardcover. Try to only carry around about 10% of your weight.

Make Sure it Fits Snug

There's nothing worse for your spine than a loose, heavy book bag bouncing around as you walk to and fro throughout campus. Make sure that your backpack rests close to your body and that the weight doesn't pull you backward.

No More One-Straps

Maybe it's still the "cool" thing to do, but when you use a single strap bag or only decide to utilize one strap in order to carry your backpack, you end up putting a great deal of pressure on your back and spine. The smarter, better move is to more evenly distribute the weight of your backpack across both shoulders.

A few additional aspects to keep in mind is to use roller packs, if your school permits, as well as spring for a backpack with useful features, like waist straps, padded shoulder straps, and additional compartments.

If you're still unsure about which backpack to choose, consult your local chiropractor. Optimal Health & Wellness Center has a fantastic track record of keeping patients, happy, healthy, and well. Your health is always our primary concern!

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