‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Schools feel & function their best at their desk (& beyond)!

‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Schools feel & function their best at their desk (& beyond)!

Our mission…
To Equip & Empower Students to feel & function their best at their desk… & beyond!
We’d love to inspire the students in your world next!

 

‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ School Programs help students develop their Physical Resilience, empowering them to be confident, competent and creative movers & learners… for life!

‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ programs and workshops provide students, teachers & parents with opportunities to

explore movements that facilitate confidence, control, coordination & concentration

experience postures that improve physical & mental health, especially while learning, studying and using screens / devices.

– discuss healthy ergonomics, productivity hacks & physical self-care strategies

have fun with developmentally-appropriate activities plus targeted stretches & exercises

…that set them up with healthy habits for life!

 

Physio Kym Siddons is taking 2021 ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ School Program bookings now…
Email kym@kymsiddonsphysio.com.au to arrange a no obligation zoom chat about your school community’s wellbeing needs.

Our bespoke workshops & programs meet the wellbeing needs of your students, educators & parents.
‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ school programs are designed by experienced physiotherapist Kym Siddons to educate, equip and empower students, teachers & parents in physical self-care strategies.

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Important Ergonomic factors to set students up for success at their desk!

Important Ergonomic factors to set students up for success at their desk!

Ergonomics is a strange word. So what does it mean and is it important?

Ergonomics refers to the science of how we choose, arrange and use our learning and/or work environment, including our furniture and accessories, so we’re most efficient and most safe while we learn or work.

When we’ve given careful consideration to our ergonomics we are most productive and have least stress and strain on our mind and body.

Doesn’t that sound worthwhile?

Some benefits of an ergonomically healthy learning/ study setup are

  • Feeling more energised and alert
  • Having better posture
  • Feeling less muscle tightness and tension
  • Being more productive
  • Feeling less stiffness and soreness

There’s a  few important points to consider when it comes to having an ‘Ergonomically friendly’ setup…

I went into detail regarding the ‘Ergonomic Guidelines’ for setting students up for home-learning and home-study in my recent online ‘Student Ergonomics’ workshop

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Student Ergonomics 🤩 FREE Online Workshop🤩

Student Ergonomics FREE Online Workshop

Setup your desk for success with healthy Home study and Home learning Ergonomic advice!

Sitting at a desk can be straining and draining, especially as a student, when your mind and body is developing.

Healthy ergonomics, along with healthy postures and exercise habits can really help set young people up to feel and function at their best! 🥳

Many parents and teachers have asked me for ergonomic tips to help their students keep concentration levels up and keep strain and pain away while they learn and study at home…

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What should your teens know about Posture, Pain, Exercise & Ergonomics?

“I started using my phone better so my neck and shoulders don’t get sore”
(Quote, ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Program school student)

What should your teens know about Posture, Pain, Exercise & Ergonomics?

Empowering students with information and practical advice to enable them to make healthy life choices is something I feel very strongly about…

I don’t believe our next generation should have to wait until they’re employed in an office that offers ergonomic assessments, posture checks and lunchtime pilates classes to experience the difference simple self-care strategies can make.

I can tell you from working with thousands of students, parents and educators that kids, teens and young adults are feeling the strain NOW!

They’re also keen to know how to help themselves NOW!

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What should your teens know about Posture, Pain, Exercise & Ergonomics?

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Stiff and Sore from Shivering? Stretches and Exercises to Unwind your shrugged up shoulders

Stiff and Sore from Shivering? Stretches and Exercises to Unwind your shrugged up shouldersespecially while you learn or work from home 

In winter time many of us find our shoulders shrugged up around our ears and our back hunched as we brace against the cold. 

While shivering is our body’s natural response to help keep us warm, and in fact it even helps boost our metabolism- it thrusts us into a poor posture. 

This Winter Warming, 2 Minute ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ break will help! 

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Work or study in bed- good or bad?

Tempted to Study or work in bed? Is it good or bad for you?

It’s winter and many of us are tempted to slink off to bed for a bit to do work, study or homework…

But it is a good idea for our health and productivity?

 

In this video I walk you through some of the reasons why we want to do it 🙂

Plus some ‘healthier’ options for our posture, our muscles and our brainpower if we do want to indulge in some time spent doing work or study in bed!

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Work or study in bed- good or bad?

Work or study in bed- good or bad?

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Relieve Neck, shoulder and upper back Pain & Strain with this awesome exercise

I know many of you have been working and studying from home, and I’ve been seeing so many of my clients suffering aches & pains, wondering if there’s relief in sight for their posture and their bodies.

I can’t tell you what’s going to happen with your return to ‘normal’ in your office or school, but I can tell you one thing…
There is relief for your body and your posture just around the corner!

I filmed a short video to show you my favourite exercise that helps relieve stiffness and soreness in your upper back, neck and shoulders, PLUS it immediately improves your posture, stretching out your slouch and switching on your
‘anti-slouching’ muscles.

Butterfly Exercise to relieve neck, back and shoulder pain

At the end of the video I share a way that you can get personal mentoring with me for a super low price
(Even less than a normal physiotherapy consultation!)
… because I want to help you ditch your strain & pain, to return from ‘coronavirus’ hibernation feeling better than ever!

Next week I’m kicking off a new Mentoring Program called the…
DRUMROLL…

‘Posture Boost & Pain Relief’ Online Program

We kick off on May 25th with an online workshop where we can address your posture and pain problems, each week over 4 weeks.
I’ll show you all the best strategies to relieve tightness & tension plus address all YOUR unique posture issues 
It’s interactive so you get to ask any questions you’ve been dying to ask AND get tailored advice.
To find out more and book your spot,
head to the‘Posture Boost & Pain Relief Program’ info page

I’ve also got a special discount code for you, for being part of my valued community!
So enter the code * LAUNCH50 * at the checkout and get $50 off the price…
making the whole package of mentoring session + access to ONGOING Online Course Resources just $147

Inside the Posture Boost & Pain Relief’ Online Program you’ll receive:

Each week, over 4 weeks, Kym will walk you through her tried and tested posture & pain relief principles…
Giving you practical advice that you can action immediately and get all your questions answered!

Topics for our Mentoring Workshops

  • Week 1 ‘Relieving Strain, Pain & Drain’ Strategies, Stretches & Exercises you can easily fit into your day to provide relief from stiffness & soreness + boost your energy levels
  • Week 2 ‘Practical Posture tips to ease tension & boost confidence’ Get to know your unique posture, how to stretch effectively and strengthen your ‘anti-slouch muscles’
  • Week 3 ‘Your Ergonomically Friendly Desk Setup’ Let’s setup your workspace to take more strain off your body
  • Week 4 ‘Healthy Habits for life’ Develop good habits while you work, use phones/ tablets, driving, even doing the housework, PLUS MORE QUICK & EASY EXERCISES!
PLUS you also receive:
Access to the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ online course resources, providing ongoing access to Posture & Ergonomic advice, Desk Exercises & Stretches so you feel your best at your desk- and beyond!
If that sounds good to you
check it out and reserve your place now!

Or if you think of someone who might benefit, I’d love you to share this blog post or the video with them.
I’d be happy to honor the discount code for them too.

I really can’t wait to help heaps of people turn their stiff and sore postures around, so they feel awesome and energised…

Cheering you on to better health!
Physio Kym SIddons

Working from Home Ergonomic and Posture Tips

With the outbreak of the corona virus, many more of us are suddenly working from home.

Perhaps your workstation setup is less ergonomically friendly than in your office and you’re wondering how best to set yourself up successfully?

There are some quick and easy principles you can follow to keep strain and pain off your body, so I filmed this video for you to watch.

Ergonomic and posture tips working from home

So take a look at these quick and easy, also inexpensive tips that will help you feel fabulous and stay productive working from home.

If you’d like to get your hands on my favourite stretches and exercises to do at your desk to take strain off your body and improve your flexibility you can grab them here.

How to choose a Schoolbag that’s good for your student’s posture and back

Are you getting your kid’s bags packed and ready for the start of the new school year in 2020?

One of the things parents often ask me is if their student’s school bag might be making their posture worse, or causing them strain and pain.

The short asnwer is ‘YES”. There are a number of ways that bags can contribute to poor posture and strain on children’s bodies.

The good news is there are also a number of things we can do to help minimise this strain and improve their posture 🙂

 

Firstly, choose a bag that helps them distribute weight more evenly across their back.

A backpack is obviously ideal, and even better is a backpack that has a waist strap. This can keep the weight of the bag closer to their back (especially helpful when they’re running!) and distribute some weight lower around their hips and pelvis, taking some load off their shoulders.

 

A satchel with an adjustable shoulder strap is the next best choice. The longer strap allows weight of the bag to be distributed across the body on both sides. The strap whould be longer rather than shorter, to keep the weight close to the pelvis. When the weight is dangling down around the legs it’s very hard to walk evenly.

 

Next, talk with your student about how it’s best for them to carry their bag.

It’s all very well to have selected a great looking bag that should, in theory, help their posture and unload their back and shoulders, but the way they carry it on a daily basis is possibly the most important factor.

We’ve all done it- slung our backpack over one shoulder so we end up taking all the weight through one side!

The key to success is their understanding that carrying their bag unevenly makes a BIG difference. Getting into the habit of putting both straps of a backpack on, or slinging a shoulder strap over their head and across their body takes so much strain off their back and shoulders. 

The more often they can remember to wear their bag properly the better- little healthy choices all add up to help them feel less strain and improve their posture.

 

Finally, try to limit their load. 

The lighter the bag the better… so if they need to use textbooks for home study, see if you can source some second hand ones to stop them needing to carry them to and from school.

Lighter tablets and laptops help, as does clearing out the junk in the bottom on their bag regularly 😉

Lots of gentle reminders during the school term and encouragement when you see them doing the right thing will help.

REmember, kids are only human, and the best prompt for making change will happen when their start to feel their symptoms… so if they’re complaining of a sore neck, back or shoulders, that’s your cue to help them problem solve the ‘Why’?

The wrong bag, worn incorrectly and loaded up, can be part of their problem. Other factors could be their device or desk setup,  poor strength and flexibility, or simply spending too long sitting. These are worth asking about, and you’re welcome to reach out and ask me any questions.

If their soreness or tightness persists, even at a low level please seek help for your student- there’s often a quick and easy solution!

If you’d like some exercises for your family members to do at their desk to help lessen pain and improve their posture and productivity just click on the button below.

Here’s to a fantastic year ahead for you and your students in 2020!

Are you Physically Resilient to Cope with your work or study demands?

Being ‘Fit 2 Sit’- Having the ‘Physical Resilience’ to cope with work & study demands

Are you ‘Fit 2 Sit’?

Do you feel you have the strength, endurance and flexbility to cope with sitting a lot at a desk?

I refer to this as being ‘Physically Resilient’

… or do you feel tight and tense, perhaps even sore or sluggish, or so tired and struggling to concentrate? 

There’s a lot of talk, and rightly so, about workers’ and students’ resilience… or lack thereof.

When we think of a person’s or group of person’s resilience levels, we’re usually referring to their social and emotional ability to adapt and respond to challenges.

It’s typically used in the realm of mental health and social and emotional wellbeing.

I’m passionate about starting a conversation around the physical aspect of wellbeing, including a person, or group of person’s physical resilience!

Health literacy doesn’t just involve the mind and emotions- it’s untimately a matter of mind + body.

So I’m here to put forward the notion of ‘Physical Resilience’ and want to promote it’s importance for us all! 

Whether we’re doing paid work or unpaid work – such as students, parents, retirees- we all have to do a certain amount of work…

Whatever your daily tasks include, you are more productive, produce better quality of work, feel more satisfaction and are less likely to feel stiff, sore or even become injured, if we have the physical capacity to do that work well- and to do it again as often as required 🙂

Yes, as an expert in helping both workers and students become more physically resilient, I’ve seen the difference it can make to their lives… I love helping people thrive, not just survive in their work!

I’ve made a quick video about ‘Physical Resilience’- what it means to me and how being more physically resilient might help you and your team/ colleagues/ family members!

You can watch it here

Being equipped and empowered with simple strategies, workers and students can 

– improve their energy levels

– boost concentration and productivity

– unwind their tight and tense muscles

– improve their posture and confidence

improve their physical and mental health!

… leading to far greater engagement and ultimate success– for both the individual and their organisation!

This is even more evident when workers and students are engaged in sedentary work.

We’ve all felt how draining, even straining it is to sit in the one spot at a desk, in front of a screen for hours on end!

As we sit still, and our metabolism slows down, we’re literally ‘sitting ducks’ for the onslaught of chronic diseases that often follow.

That’s why there’s so much talk about ‘Sitting Disease’ and its serious side effects!

That’s why I particularly love to help workers be more ‘Fit 2 Sit’ and students more ‘Fit 4 Study’… it really makes a difference to them feeling their best and achieving success at their desk!

I’ve also put together my favourite 4 Exercises you can do – at your desk, kitchen table, or anywhere – to help you feel more ‘Physically Resilient’ or ‘Fit 2 Sit’
You can access it for FREE HERE

I look forward to supporting you and your community in your journey to building greater ‘Physical Resilience’.

If you have any comments or questions about what ‘Physical Resilience’ means or what it means to you, please reach out to me via email kym@kymsiddonsphysio.com.au

And if you’ve enjoyed this article, please share with your colleagues, family and friends who would benefit from some encouragement today!