‘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!

Setup for success at your desk in 2021 with posture, exercise & ergonomics tips!

Here’s to a fabulous year in 2021!

To make sure it’s a happy, healthy and successful year for you, your family and your community, there’s a few simple things you can do to get setup for success at your desk this year…

Having some great exercises, ergonomic tips, posture hacks and healthy screen / device habits up your sleeve will help you get 2021 off to a great start.

‘Success’ in terms of how you feel at your desk might mean

  • More energy throughout your day
  • Less stress or tension in your mind and body
  • Better productivity and workflow
  • More confidence and great posture
  • Healthier habits using your devices (phones, tablets etc)
  • Greater strength and endurance in your muscles
  • Less strain on your joints and muscles sitting at your desk
  • Achieving your health goals (have you set some for yourself yet?)

Whatever success looks like for you this year, taking a little time to organise your body and your desk- or wherever and whatever your typical workstation might be- will pay off in bucketloads!

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Holiday Device Advice #2 Screentime: Why, when & how to take a break

Using our devices, or sitting on screens for work and play can be such a #timesuck 😳

Before long, we’ve often been stuck there for ages, sometimes hours, without thinking about giving our brains and bodies a little break.

While it can be hard to drag ourselves away from our screens, there’s a few REALLY GOOD reasons WHY it’s super important…

So in this quick video, I share about WHY, WHEN & HOW we can quickly and easily MOVE a little 🕺💃

Moving, even just a little, is the BEST type of break to have from your screen!

… to AVOID the negative side effects of using our devices! 🥳

Holiday Device Advice 

Holiday Device Advice- Screen time Boundaries

Holiday Device Advice, for parents & students 🤩
As school holidays begin, our kids/ teens are all looking forward to chilling out…
And possibly spending a fair bit of time in front of screens. 📱🖥
This video shares some insights into WHY and HOW we might help facilitate healthier habits around screen time 😃
… to avoid the inevitable drama that’s associated with taking a break from screens.

Screentime advice- setting boundaries for healthy device use

This is the first in a mini-series I’m creating to help students and parents develop healthy habits using screens and electronic devices…

Tune in for more ‘device advice’ to come ☺️
If your school community of family would like a more complete approach to healthy device use, please email me, I’d love to share how I might help support you.

Healthy Ipad & Laptop advice for students

Healthy Ipad & Laptop advice for students

When your students use electronic devices, their risk of back and neck pain dramatically increases… UNLESS

They are equipped and empowered with the right ergonomic, exercise and posture advice to develop healthy habits!

In fact, increased computer use has been shown to be related to increased incidence of neck and shoulder pain and poor postures in adolescents*

This breaks my heart, because so many of these issues are easily preventable when students are empowered with the right exercises, ergonomic and posture advice.

The GOOD NEWS!

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Four best desk exercises – FREE

Four best desk exercises – free

STUDENTS & TEACHERS- Here is some stress relief for you!

If you’re feeling stiff, sore and strained from your end of year workload, then help is on the way for you!

Four best desk exercises

The ‘4 Best Exercises you can do at your desk!’ will quickly and easily stretch out tight muscles to relieve pain and strain

PLUS

Give your energy and concentration levels a boost!

Don’t get bogged down by study and assignments, or so many papers and reports…

These simple, yet effective stretches and exercises can be done at your desk, in just a few minutes!

So head to the link on my website and I’ll email you the video for FREE.

Don’t get frustrated with sitting at your desk, feeling fatigued and foggy-

Wake yourself up with these energising exercises that will help you feel fabulous in no time!

Wishing you all the very best as you finish 2020 strong!

 

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Feel Fab Fast – Online Challenge

Feel Fab Fast – Online Challenge

Good News for you and your team!
If the end of 2020 has you feeling fatigued and foggy, perhaps a bit frustrated…
Then I’ve got GREAT NEWS for you!

Just a few minutes of targeted exercise can boost your energy levels and relieve strain & pain!

Wherever you are…
Whenever you feel flat…

Stretching and strengthening our ‘anti-slouching muscles’ for a few minutes can make a massive difference!

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Help your team feel fabulous- fast!

Help your team feel fabulous- fast!

Help your team feel fabulous- fast!

‘Self-care’ has taken a backseat for so many workers, especially those working from home, in 2020.
Yet it’s not too late to finish the year feeling fab, instead of frustrated!

Feeling fatigued, stiff, sore and sluggish does NOT have to be ‘your new norm’…
A few targeted minutes of the right energy boosting breaks, specific stretches, exercises plus posture tips and ergonomic advice can turn things around for you!

Physio Kym Siddons has kicked off the ‘Feel Fab Fast 30 day Challenge’ and is now offering this online program to teams of workers for #safeworkmonth
You and your colleagues can access Fast and effective exercises, stretches, energisers and health tips online…

 

So, IN JUST A FEW MINS A DAY, you can

– relieve tight, tense muscles

– boost energy levels, memory & productivity

– reduce strain & pain on your back, neck & shoulders

– improve posture & flexibility

– understand how you relieve your stiffness & soreness

– kickstart your metabolism

– setup your workspace better

– be equipped & encouraged to help yourself feel A-MAZING

You’ll find that effective things, done daily will have you feeling fabulous in no time!
PLUS With easy access to your personal physio in your pocket, you’ll get questions about your aches & pains answered too!

 

This 30 day Online challenge includes

  • a bite-sized tip or exercise each day that will propel you towards feeling fabulous
  • The BEST exercises to target anti-slouching, pain relieving muscles
  • Brain boosting hacks to improve memory
  • Targeted stretches to improve posture & flexibility
  • Kickstart metabolism with quick and easy tricks
  • Simple, Budget friendly Desk setup advice to ease aches & pains
  • Practical Device advice to relieve tension & improve productivity
  • Private online community for your team

 

You WILL NOT need to put on activewear or any fancy equipment
You WILL NOT need to set aside a heap of time

 

So, Message Kym today about your workplace running the online ‘Feel Fab Fast’ Challenge in your workplace and finish the year feeling fabulous, fit & strong!

‘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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