Try this Exercise to boost your Brainpower while you work!

This week is Brain awareness week, so in honour of raising awareness about brain research and developing healthy habits for your brain, I’ve got a great Brain- Boosting Exercise for you!

Exercise helps you wake up the centre of your brain that helps you stay alert, increases the flow of blood and therefore oxygen to your brain, and even has an anti-depressant effect…

So it’s well worth trying exercises like this one at your desk, or getting up to move regularly.

Rather than drone on about the exercise that I love the most for energizing me throughout my workday, I filmed a short video to show you!

This is hands down my favourite exercise for a couple of reasons

  • it wakes you up by encouraging deep breathing down into your lower ribs and lungs
  • it helps you reverse your posture from slouching
  • it uses the best ‘anti-slouching muscles’ in a way that helps them stay working after you finish exercising
  • Takes the strain off your back, neck and shoulders and encourages your body to maintain a better posture

I’d love you to let me know how you go with it and tell me how you feel afterwards!

Or if you have any other questions about how to best keep yourself energised and ditch the strain of sitting at your desk, computer or on your device I’d be happy to chat via email at kym@kymsiddonsphysio.com.au

Time-saving tips for feeling fabulous, leading an active life and aging gracefully… in celebration of International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and on this day we celebrate everything awesome and unique about women!

 

One of the most special things about women is that they tend to be ‘nurturers’ of those around them. They’re often carers in the form of mothers, grandmothers, sisters or daughters and supportive friends or colleagues of the many people in their community.

 

And women often feel their greatest sense of satisfaction and worth in giving of themselves to others- they’re time, their listening ear, their advice, their hospitality and their heart.

 

In our increasingly busy world, however, this selfless commitment to giving and putting other’s needs before their own can take its toll.

 

Yes, as women we tend to wear many hats and, sadly, the ‘hat of self-care’ is usually donned the least.

 

The sad reality is that I speak to many women daily who aren’t feeling great about themselves. They find it hard to see, let alone celebrate their amazing qualities amidst their struggle.

 

They’re often worried about their weight, worried about how stiff and sore they feel, how exhausted and sluggish they feel, worried about the increasing hunch of their shoulders, worried about their health and the little time they have to devote to taking care of themselves.

 

Does that resonate with you?

 

Well, I want to encourage you today!

Firstly, I assure you that you are doing a great job.

 

And secondly, I want to remind you that you can’t help others unless you fit your own oxygen mask first…

 

While it certainly is tough to prioritise your own physical and mental health when you’ve got deadlines at work, family and social commitments, household chores to get done and hungry kids or pets hounding you…

 

I’d like you to stop for a second and take a deep breath, then exhale, and read on.

 

If I told you that you could skyrocket your physical and mental health in just 2 minutes, would you want to know how?

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An Ergonomically Friendly Desk Tidy-up + Awesome Desk Exercise for you!

This week we had some fun on social media…
It was ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ for Businesses on Monday, so I set us all a little challenge!

We went through the simple things we can all do every day to help keep our nation and our office safe (and beautiful) by picking up rubbish and things lying around. 

AND I showed you how to give your own workspace an ‘Ergonomically Friendly Clean-up’ to inspire you to get you in the tidying mood!
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An Energy Boost and Encouragement for you

Do you ever feel a little sluggish, even stiff or sore sitting at your desk?

Or maybe you get frustrated there’s not enough time in the day to exercise as much as you’d like…

I want to inspire you, your workmates and even your family with this quick exercise tip!

You see, 30mins of daily exercise is awesome (and typically recomended), but it’s difficult for so many people that they end up doing nothing at all! 😳

I see so many poor souls struggling with wearing so many hats- they might be team leader or business owner, an employee, a parent, a student, then pile on top heaps of other committments- that they wrestle with finding time to prioritise the self-care things they should.

Does that ring true for you?

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Are you (and your team) ‘Fit to Sit’ at your desk?

Do you ever feel…?

Knots, Niggles, Tension

Tight muscles, aches or even pains

Brain fog, Nodding off, productivity waning

Sluggish from hours at a screen, slouching

Eyes glazing over, grab another coffee

Frustrated by no time to exercise, Too much on your plate

Your weight creeping up, metabolism slowing down

Do any of those phrases resonate?

Or can you see yourself heading there if things don’t change?

There’s nothing more upsetting to me, as a health professional, than seeing people in a state of distress, suffering from combinations of the above symptoms.

Especially because most of those issues can be pretty easily avoided… if you know how.

Most people have no idea that this shouldn’t be ‘your normal’ and that a few simple strategies can empower you to take control and get your health back on track.

That’s good news, right?

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Happy people

How to make 2019 your best year yet!

Have you set a ‘New Year’s resolution’ for 2019? 

According to statistics, most people resolutions for the new year based on improving their health.  

Among the top ten most common New Year’s resolutions are  

  • exercising more 
  • eating more healthily 
  • losing weight 
  • quitting smoking 
  • spending more time with family/friends  
  • working on your self-improvement. 

Also according to statistics, you only have 9.2% of actually succeeding in pulling off your New Year’s resolutions! 

Woah!! 

Are you typically among that 9.2%? 

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Celebrate achievements

Was 2018 like this for you?

I didn’t think 2018 could be any more hectic than the year before… 

I was wrong! 

How bout you? 

Did you feel out of control at times? 

I know I did, but I’m also choosing to celebrate the goals I achieved and be thankful for the many blessings in my life!  

There’s a million things I’d do differently if I had the year again, but hey, life is certainly one huge, long learning curve! 

So, if this year threw a few curveballs at you and you felt off kilter, even off the beaten track at times… 

It’s all part of stretching and growing us! 

And we’ll end up better off and shining brighter for it 😀

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Online Shopping these holidays? Some Device Advice for you…

What an amazing year that has so quickly come to an end!

Have you paused to reflect on all the great things you achieved in 2018?

So many times, we measure ourselves by what we have failed to achieve…

And not stopped to credit ourselves with what we have cause to celebrate about!

The things we can be grateful for and the steps, however small, we have made towards a better life for ourselves and others.

So, my friend, however far you think you haven’t come, or however many things you haven’t ticked off your list in 2018…

I challenge you to think of 5 things (And I bet once you start you’ll think of 10, 20, even more!) you have to be thankful that you did or that you helped someone else do this year.

And celebrate those things!

Give yourself a pat on the back and slowly exhale, truly recognising that you are an amazing person who has made a positive impact in the lives of others.

I am so happy that you’ve become part of my ‘Workstation Wellness’ family and want to wish you a very Happy Christmas and many blessing for the coming year!

And, because I’m so grateful to have you in my community, I’m gifting you with a little tip this holiday season…

It relates to how you spend your time on your smartphone or tablet over the holidays!

It’s some ‘Device Advice’ for you!

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Dreading a road trip this holidays? How to avoid feeling stiff, sore and falling asleep!

Are you planning a road trip this holiday season?  

If you’re dreading nagging back, shoulder or neck pain on the trip 

Or arriving seized up, barely able to straighten up out of the car 

Or, even worse, drifting off at the wheel… 

Perhaps you’re jumping on a plane? 

Falling asleep might be your ideal way of avoiding your aching bones and boredom, but what about when you wake up with a crook neck? 

Here’s some tips to help you keep your joints lubricated and your brain activated so you reach your destination in one piece and ready to enjoy your well-deserved break! 

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Feeling Neck Tension? Sick of Niggles and Knots? Check this out…

I’ve seen so many people- workers, students, even stay-at-home mums and retirees- complaining of stiff, sore necks and tight, tense shoulders this year…

People struggling with headaches and feeling like their head weighs a tonne upon their shoulders.

Folks sick and tired of the dull ache in their upper back and between their shoulder blades.

Others irritated by niggling neck pain and tension.

Even kids complaining of soreness and strain while they study!

There’s always one thing in common…

Looking down for long periods!

We look down so much of our day 😳

Whether it’s looking

Down at your laptop or keyboard

Down at your phone or tablet

Down at your documents or books

Down at your kitchen or work bench…

I could go on and on.

Basically, we look down a lot.

Considering our head is like a bowling ball and, as it moves forwards, it hangs off our poor neck, shoulders and upper back, it’s no wonder those areas are feeling the strain.

How often, and for how long, do you look down each day?

This week, while you work,

While you study,

While you use your phone

and while you potter around the house

… try and keep tabs on how much of the day you look down.

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