Rate your Social Conscience with 2 Quick Questions

I often feel guilty spreading my message about good ergonomics, improving posture, easing strain and pain at your desk, sitting disease..

when I know full well it’s pretty much a first world problem and many millions- no billions- of people are suffering from life-threatening health issues related to their lack of access to healthcare 😟

 

So, seeing that this week sees us celebrating ‘World Health Day’ I thought I’d tune into our social consciences and turn our attention to those less fortunate in the health stakes than most of us.

 

Did you know

  • that at least half of the world’s population don’t have access to the most basic health services, like a doctor or medicines? 😧
  • Or that hundreds of millions of people are pushed into extreme poverty to pay for basic healthcare, so that they have to go without other basic necessities like food? 😨

 

‘Healthcare for All’ is the message from the World Health Organisation (WHO) this Saturday 7th April, which is World Health Day 2018. #HealthcareForAll

 

It’s about ensuring all people can get quality health services, where and when they need them, without suffering financial hardship.

 

Because no-one should have to choose between good health and other life necessities!

 

So, how Socially-minded is YOUR Conscience?

Ask yourself these 2 questions

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If Sitting is the ‘New Smoking’, are you at RISK?

The stats are appalling… we are dying a slow death due to the increasing number of hours we spend sitting each day. 😳

 

The average Aussie sits on average more than 9hours a day (and rising), oblivious to the damage it’s doing to their health… if you add up all the time you sit at work, in the car, on the couch of an evening, is that you?

 

The increased risk of Heart and lung disease, diabetes, kidney disease, mental health disorders, cancer and even death is ridiculously higher in adults who sit more than 7 hours a day, some studies report up to 94% higher!

 

Not to mention the physical toll on your posture: an increased ‘hunch’ in your upper back (thoracic kyphosis) is associated with a far poorer quality of life as you age.

 

But I exercise regularly??!! I hear you protest… well, even if you DO exercise the recommended 30 minutes each day, it doesn’t offset the serious side effects of sitting all day.

 

You see, recent studies (in particular some by Professor Alan Hedge of Cambridge University) have shown that after JUST ONE HOUR of sitting our metabolism slows down so much that we start depositing fat!  YIKES! 😩

 

There’s ONE SIMPLE SOLUTION… are you dying to know?

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Get your HARMONY Groove on! Try this out…

Happy Harmony Day!

 

What a great excuse to celebrate all things diverse about culture in our workplace, family, community and nation 😊

 

So, you know how I like to promote the value in moving for 2 minutes every half hour that you’re sitting- whether it’s at work, home or out and about, right? 💃🚶🏻

 

Well, why not make it your business this ‘Harmony Week’ so take a short stroll round the office, or stop for a moment while you’re at the kids’ school, or the shops and ask someone about themselves?

 

They’re bound to have something different to tell you pertaining to their culture, their background, their religion, their interests, their aspirations that you can find out about…

…And celebrate!

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5 Tips to BOOST your BRAINPOWER!

It’s ‘Brain awareness week’ which is a global initiative to promote awareness of healthy habits for your brain! There are many simple things we can do to look after our brains and help reduce the risk of conditions like dementia.

 

This is especially important if you spend lots of time each day in front of a computer screen… or any screen for that matter.

 

There’s a proven connection between the amount of time we spend in front of a screen and our mental health.

 

Regardless of content- whether you’re looking at the screen for work, for study or in your downtime- the pixellation of the screen messes with our concentration, our ability to experience positive emotions and the release of many hormones.

 

YIKES!

 

So, are you ready for the GOOD NEWS???!!!

 

There are a few ways to counteract the negative effect of screen time on our brains…

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My gift to you this Valentine’s Day… 4 SIMPLE STEPS to a HEALTHY HEART

This week hosts everyone’s favourite day devoted to celebrating love, VALENTINE’S DAY!

And, on the ‘day of love’, Australians are being encouraged to show their support for research into HEART DISEASE by wearing RED.

 

The stats on HEART DISEASE are alarming! 23 Aussies die of heart disease every single day and 4 times more women die of heart disease than breast cancer!

 

So how healthy is your heart?

 

There are many risk factors for heart disease, some you can’t control and some you can.

You obviously can’t control your age, gender, ethnic background or family history, but you can control the following things… so read on and check if there’s any you can work on, then what you can do to turn your heart health around!
The risks you CAN CONTROL are

  • Smoking
  • Being inactive
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Being overweight
  • Unhealthy diet

Important to note, is that if you are inactive, you are almost twice as likely to suffer coronary heart disease, compared to those who get enough exercise.

 

The good news is 8 out of 10 cases of premature heart disease and stroke can be prevented through healthy lifestyle behaviours– Yay!!

 

So here’s 4 SIMPLE STEPS to a HEALTHY HEART

Cardiologist Dr Edward Barin has developed the ‘4-M’ approach to a healthy heart

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Forward Head Posture- a right PAIN IN THE NECK!

Take a second to think about the position of your head and neck as you’re reading this…

If someone took a side-on profile photo of you right now, would your head be forward compared to your shoulders? Your answer is likely to be a ‘yes’!

You might look like the picture above, where your head and neck is protruding forward compared to your shoulders, and that’s called a ‘Forward Head Posture’.

SO what’s the big deal? Aren’t most of us guilty of tending to slump into a forward head posture from time to time? Well, while most of us are guilty, and DO tend towards a forward head posture, it’s definitely NOT something you want to make a habit of.

A forward head posture places tonnes of load on your neck and shoulders…

Obviously, this can lead to pain and stiffness in those areas, headaches and even arm and back pain.

What’s more, if left unchecked, a forward head posture can lead to arthritis in your neck and upper back, restriction in your shoulder movement and, eventually, a hunched back!

You need to be determined to reverse it while you still can!

Here’s a quick test you can do to see if you have, or are heading towards, a forward head posture…

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Is Slouching REALLY that Bad for you?

I’ve recently been talking about the essential 3 steps to sitting with a healthy posture in your chair… and I could hear some of you thinking…

 

‘What’s REALLY so bad about slouching in your chair?

 

Remember I explained that slouching causes your tail to tuck under, your trunk to flex forwards and your head and neck to poke forwards, like the picture above, but what are the consequences for this?

 

So here’s the 3 biggest problems with slouching

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ACE YOUR POSTURE from the Get-Go in 2018!

I don’t know about you, but with the disruption of routine over the Christmas and New Year period, it’s been very easy to fall off the bandwagon a bit at the start of the year!

 

With taking some holidays, even just a few days, the kids being off school, catching up more with family and friends… all make great excuses for not making my usual time for exercise, eating well, sleeping properly… AAAHHHH!!!

 

So with best intentions and New Year resolutions all planned out, it often feels like we need another week or two (or even three?) to get back into gear and take action-

Or is that just me?

 

Now, to know exactly what the most IMPORTANT THING to do well and often IS, make sure you ‘read more’ and enter your details below this blog to RECEIVE my FREE VIDEO!

So, here’s my shortcut way to diving straight back in and setting up good postural habits so you can ACE YOUR POSTURE from the get-go this year, as you sit back at your workstation!!!

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Take the ‘C-curve’ Challenge

What’s the big deal about posture anyway?

The fact that we all tend to sit for so many hours each day means it’s a big deal!

Unlike the ‘S’ curve we learnt about last week, the C-curve is not good for absorbing and distributing load effectively…

Instead you succumb to gravity and tend to flex further and further forwards!

In a nutshell, a ‘C-curve’ puts you at heaps more risk of neck, shoulder and back pain, headaches, muscle tightness and stiffness.

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Is standing at work better for you than sitting?

So far this month I’ve been banging on about how bad it is for your body to sit in a poor posture and given you tips on how to move regularly and achieve ‘good posture’ while you sit…

But is there an even better alternative?

What about standing? Is that any better for you?

Standing inherently stimulates more muscle activity and therefore improves your metabolism and burns more energy. Standing has also been proven to improve concentration, productivity and mental health- YAY!

However, standing also puts more load on the circulatory system (think varicose veins), isn’t quite as efficient for performing fine motor tasks (like typing fast), plus standing still at a a desk is very tiring.

So what’s the answer?

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