Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Episode 10 Healthy Habits at your Desk

In Episode 10 of ‘Be Fit 2 Sit podcast’ Physio Kym Siddons shares how you can develop healthy habits at your desk

That will help you feel great, function at your best and achieve your health goals!

Listen in to grab ideas that will inspire you to

  • Move a little more, often
  • Remind yourself to keep moving
  • Setup your desk to reduce strain
  • Change up your posture to lessen stiffness & soreness
  • Simple stretches you can do anywhere, anytime
  • Targeted exercises to improve your core strength and resist gravity

… all while you’re sitting!

There’s also a FREE Video that demonstrates the 4 best exercises you can do at your desk
You can access it for free HERE

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Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep 9 Students are suffering from Sitting- the Stats

When I go into classrooms to talk to kids about moving more, healthy postures & desk setup I am often amazed.

Firstly, because I didn’t think kid as young as 8 & 9 years would tell me how much their neck, shoulders and backs hurt when they’re gaming or using their iphones/ ipads.

Secondly, kids astound me by how interested they are in knowing more about their bodies!

So many students enjoy the opportunity to feel the difference between a ‘hunched’ posture and ‘healthy’ postures.

They love finding fun ways to move more that resonate with what they enjoy.

… and one student’s parent even told me her son set her home office up to be ‘ergonomically friendly’ during lockdown after taking home advice from one of our ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ classes!

In Episode 9 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ podcast I share some scary statistics about how students, globally, are suffering physically and mentally from increased time sitting.

They’re sitting at their desks, hunched over laptops more.

They’re sitting slouched over phones and tablets on their couch or bed more.

All of which doesn’t set a great foundation to be healthful, successful movers, learners and leaders in their years ahead.

Don’t be discouraged by the statistics!

It’s time to take action and encourage our students to healthy movement, posture and ergonomic habits!

Enjoy listening as physio Kym Siddons shares some ways you can join the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ movement as we help our next generation employ healthy habits for life.

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep8 Desk Setup Sabotage?

Is your desk setup sabotaging your health?

If you’re feeling stiff and sore, tight and tense and continually lacking energy at your desk…

Listen to Episode 8 of ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast, as Physio Kym Siddons shares insights into some aspects of your desk setup that might be stopping you feeling great while you work.

How your workstation is setup, including furniture and accessories, along with how you position yourself and move within that work environment to fulfil your work tasks, is what the term ‘Ergonomics’ is referring to.

An ‘Ergonomically friendly’ work environment is supposed to help you feel good physically, as well as encouraging great productivity and efficiency as you work.

It also helps you be far more productive and minimise the risk of work-related illness and injury…

So that work is a really positive part of your daily life!

BUT

If your desk setup isn’t quite right for your body, the tasks you do or the workflow you prefer it can be very frustrating- mentally and emotionally as well as physically.

So this episode helps you identify areas that you can easily address to feel and function your best at your desk!

Key factors of poor ergonomics that can negatively impact your health at your desk are
– not facilitating movement
– not setup for efficient movement
– repetitive (particularly static) load on your body (and mind)
– repetitive movements in poor positions
– Lacking adequate or appropriate support

Physio Kym talks through these aspects and give you some things to look out for and improve on!

You’re also invited to join Physio Kym in the FREE ‘Be Fit 2 Sit 5 Day Challenge’
It kicks off in the Be Fit 2 Sit Challenge Facebook group on May 24th

Click HERE to join us for targeted exercises and advice to help you feel great while you work
or head to https://www.facebook.com/groups/befit2sitchallenge

 

 

 

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep7 Reducing Neck & Shoulder Soreness

If you feel tightness or tension in your neck, shoulders or upper back at your desk, then Episode 7 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ podcast is especially for you!

Physio Kym Siddons shares some tips that help reduce soreness and stiffness in your neck, upper back and shoulders by

  • easing load on our muscles and joints through better posture and positioning
  • stretching in targeted ways
  • switching on pain-relieving muscles
  • adjusting your ergonomic setup

She dives into quick and easy posture tips

PLUS some exercises you can do at your desk, in meetings or in the car.

Join Physio Kym in a FREE 5 day ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ challenge to find out even more ways you can feel & function your best at your desk!

Join the FREE Be Fit 2 Sit Challenge on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/groups/befit2sitchallenge

Get a Sore Low Back Sitting?

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep#6 Get a Sore Back when you Sit?

If you ever feel pain, stiffness or soreness in your low back and hips when you sit, you’re not alone.

Yet, there are many simple things you can do to lessen the strain on your back and hips, preventing and minimising discomfort… so you can feel and function at your best!

In Episode #6 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast, Physio Kym Siddons shares

  • How a little bit of targeted movement can reduce back and hip pain
  • Simple stretches and exercises to help your back when sitting
  • Ways to setup your desk furniture to reduce load on your back and hips
  • Chair settings to look for that can help your back

Join Kym for 5 days of targeted Desk Exercises in May in the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ FREE Challenge, which you can do HERE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/befit2sitchallenge

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep#5 The BEST Movement Break for YOU

Sprinkling mini movement breaks throughout your day is KEY to feeling and functioning your best at your desk, and beyond.

But finding the MOTIVATION to MOVE can be difficult…
Until you find your Motivating factor!

The REASON that gets you going!

In Episode #5 of ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast Physio Kym Siddons discusses many different reasons that might motivate you to move so you start living your best life!

They include

  • Boosting your energy levels
  • reducing stiffness and soreness
  • improving posture and flexibility
  • increasing your metabolic rate towards losing weight
  • reducing tension and stress

Take a listen and be inspired to work out YOUR most motivating factor to move, along with really practical ideas and examples of movement breaks that address each one of those goals.

For more resoures and info head to www.kymsiddonsphysio.com.au/home

Be Fit 2 Sit Ep#4 Holiday Device Advice for the Family

Frustrated with your kids’ use of devices, screens and gaming during the holidays?

Technology- phones, tablets, computer games, TV, consoles and everything in between- can be so much fun and something kids look forward spending more time on during the holidays…

But when is enough enough?

When does the balance tip from fun to frustration, even tempers and tantrums for kids and their parents?

And at what point do health risks become a concern?

In Episode #4 of the Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast, physio Kym Siddons chats candidly, with ‘no judgement’ about the challenges of increased technology use during the holidays, by kids and adults alike.

In doing so she points out some unhealthy side-effects of screentime or device use, along with ideas for facilitating healthy and harmonious use in your home!

Kym chats about

  • What happens to the brain with screen exposure over time
  • blue light emission
  • posture using devices
  • when to take breaks
  • what sort of breaks to take
  • where to use screens during holidays
  • setting a good example

We hope to help you and your family be more aware and informed so you can kickoff discussions about ‘tech boundaries’ that might suit your family life and values.

It’s less about ‘Right and Wrong’ and more about wise use of the technology that’s available to us.

Is 'Sit up Straight' good posture advice?

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep #3 Is ‘Sit up Straight’ good posture advice?

Ever been told to ‘Sit up Straight’?

We may have even told others, especially our kids hunched over their desks or slouching on the couch to ‘Sit up Straight!’.

 

In Episode number 3 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast, I share the most recent posture advice… and it doesn’t really promote the notion of ‘sitting up straight’.

 

There are good reasons why this is the case, which I dive deeper into during this episode.

 

Most importantly, I help you understand what you should do to facilitate a healthy, confident and strain-free posture- and tell others to do- instead!

 

When I ask people about their posture concerns, their desk-setups, the strain they feel on their bodies and so on, sooooo many people tell me ‘I always try to sit up straight’.

 

They don’t understand how it can be that they still feel so much strain in their back, or neck or shoulders.

 

In this episode I ask the question ‘Is “Sit up Straight” good posture advice?

 

Our trend to sit more in recent decades has led to a lot more research into the area of our posture and overall health while we sit.

 

Now that we’re sitting far more than we used to, our 1980’s office furniture, that was fixed so the backrest was upright, at 90degrees isn’t really a reflection of what we need in 2021 and beyond.

 

We now know that best postures are mobile postures…

yet ‘Sitting up Straight” really locks us into the mindset of a static posture.

 

Instead, it’s better that we give our back, neck and shoulder muscles a bit more support when we need it, by leaning back on a slightly reclined backrest.

 

We may also have (or work towards procuring) a chair that allows our backrest to ‘unlock’ so we can gently rock it back and forth.

 

Then, add in getting up from our chair and standing or moving more often.

 

Take a listen and let me know if you have any more questions about your posture!

I’d love you to subscribe so you don’t miss new episodes and leave a review!

 

Access my FREE ‘Best Desk Exercises’ HERE

 

‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Episode #2 Health Risks of Sitting & how to Avoid them

Welcome to Episode #2 of the Be Fit 2 Sit podcast!

I’m your host, Physio Kym Siddons and in this episode I talk about some of the Health Risks of sitting a lot and how we can avoid them.

 

Globally, we are gradually spending more time sitting- statistics suggest up to 12 hours a day for many of us, and rising!

 

This amount of sitting rose again during periods of isolation and restriction during the Covid-19 pandemic, so that we became even more ‘sedentary’.

 

Many of us even saw the result of this, as our levels of ’incidental exercise’ significantly decreased and we noticed things like weight gain.

 

In fact, PHYSICAL INACTIVITY is now reported to be the 4th highest risk factor for early death (morbidity) and the HIGHEST PREVENTABLE RISK FACTOR for death.

Yet, the onset of many chronic health conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, lung and kidney diseases, along with obesity can be delayed or avoided with greater levels of activity.

 

If you sit for more than a few hours a day- for work or learning, commuting or even in your ‘downtime’- listen up because there’s some simple things you can do to avoid serious health risks!

 

I also share the results of a long term study of workers in the USA who sit longer than 6hours a day, compared to those who don’t- the outcome may shock you!

 

Many of these serious side effects are caused by the simple fact that sitting causes our metabolism to slow right down.

 

Research being conducted in recent years by Professor Alan Hedge suggests that after an hour of sitting, our metabolic rate has seriously declined.

 

This leads to us feeling our energy levels drop, as we notice feeling lethargic and our brain not functioning as well as it should. Our circulation and other bodily functions also slow down.

 

We also often feel the effect of strain and pain in our musculoskeletal system, as our ‘postural muscles’ that hold us up against gravity, tire.

Our ligaments are then under increasing tension and our joints tend to stiffen.

 

The result can leave us feeling increasingly stiff, sore and sluggish the longer we sit without moving.

 

The GOOD NEWS is- there are simple steps you can take to avoid the pitfalls of Sitting!

 

Just a couple of minutes of movement, at least every hour- or even better- every half hour can reduce your risk and have you feeling happier and healthier as quick as a flash!

 

In fact, Professor Alan Hedge recommends working in approximately half hour cycles throughout your working / or learning day to keep your metabolism humming at its best.

This half hour cycle ideally consists of 20mins sitting (for focussed work), 8 minutes of standing, followed by two minutes of moving.

 

Spending too long in any one position or posture isn’t ideal for desk-bound workers or learners.

 

I discuss how this may not seem easy at first, but I make some practical suggestions in this episode.

I also encourage you to at least aim to move more often than the amount you’re currently moving (throughout your periods of sitting) and reap the rewards!

 

Moving a little bit, more often, is also the cheapest and simplest way to improve your health and reduce load on your body, by far!

 

So I challenge you to give moving a few minutes, every half hour, a try and see how much more energised you feel! 

 

Your muscles will also thankyou!

 

If you’d like to access my FREE video walking you through the BEST EXERCISES you can do AT YOUR DESK- to reduce drain, strain and pain- head to my website

www.kymsiddonsphysio.com.au

 

I’d really appreciate you subscribing to and reviewing the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ podcast.

https://kymsiddonsphysio.com.au/exercise-ergonomics-posture-and-self-care-strategies/

 

I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Reach out with any questions of comments to kym@kymsiddonsphysio.com.au

 

Share the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ message with others to help more workers & students feel & function their best at their desk. 

Be Fit 2 Sit Episode #1 Why Be Fit 2 Sit?

Welcome to the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast!
I’m your host, Physiotherapist Kym Siddons and I hope to equip and encourage you as we talk about healthy exercise, ergonomics, posture and practical self-care strategies to help you feel and function your best at your desk- and beyond!

If you’re a student, parent or teacher; a worker or a leader who spends a fair bit of time at your desk, or using screens, then this podcast is for you!

In this first episode, I share the heart behind the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ podcast and why I want to start a converstation to help millions of students and workers ditch the drain, strain and pain of sitting at a desk.

I also share how listening will help you
– feel more energised
– with posture tips to take strain off your body
– with healthy ergonomics to setup your desk for success
– with targeted stretches and exercises to relieve strain and pain
– develop healthy habits to offset the side effects of sitting

We start a conversation about developing ‘Physical resilience’ so we can improve our confidence and capability, along with a healthier mind and body.

If you’d like to access my 4 best desk exercises to kickstart you feeling awesome at your desk, go to www.kymsiddonsphysio.com.au and follow the prompts to download the free video.

Thanks for joining me for ‘The Be Sit 2 Sit’ Podcast!
For more resources that will help you, your colleagues and your family members ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ head over to my website kymsiddonsphysio.com.au.

I have a Free Video showing you the 4 best exercises and stretches you can do to feel and function your best at your desk- and beyond- PLUS options for you to access me for student and worker wellbeing workshops and programs tailored to suit you or your community’s needs. Here’s to your health and happiness!