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Relieve Neck, Back and Shoulder tension with this Quick Tip

Take tension off your Neck, Back and Shoulders with this quick tip

I often prescribe my clients the ‘Smiling Collar-bones’ exercise that gives them a quick and easy way to improve their posture and take tension off their neck, shoulders and upper back.

It’s also one of my favourite ways of explaining healthy posture habits for your head, neck and shoulders and clients can’t believe how easy it is to remember… so they do it more often!

The other thing is, your don’t have to even leave your chair to do it! Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, you can ‘Smile’ your collarbones and feel the difference in your body!

That’s a win-win all round!

This week saw us celebrating April Fool’s Day… and National ‘Smile Day’ in Australia. So I thought I’d bring a smile to your dial and share this awesome exercise with you…

 

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New evidence that Exercise Boosts our Brainpower!

New research has unlocked another piece in the puzzle of how exercise improves our brain function.

A discovery has identified what triggers the brain to boost brain function through exercise.

Many of us will be familiar with the ‘post-exercise high’ that is often what motivates us to get our joggers on in the first place. We can always look forward to feeling more awake and ‘alive’ post-workout, even if we are physically exhausted!

The Hippocampus is an important area of our brain for memory and learning. When we exercise, stem cells in this region multiply to form new nerve cells (neurons) which leads to improvements in learning and memory.

And now we know more about how…

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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 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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Inspire Workers to Better Health & Productivity at work- register for the FREE Challenge!

October is ‘Safe work month’, which provides a great opportunity to inspire and engage workers towards feeling and performing their best while at work.

Physiotherapist Kym Siddons (a.k.a the ‘Workstation Wellness Physio’) wants to help employers and their employees celebrate with a free ‘Workstation Workout 5-day challenge.’

The aim of the challenge is for workers to experience some of the quick, easy and effective steps they can take throughout their workday to create a powerful, positive impact on improving their health and wellbeing!

A recent study published by the Global Wellness Institute (2016) showed that workers are becoming increasingly unwell. Over half the workers studied were overweight or obese and 76% reported ‘struggling’ or even ‘suffering’ in their physical wellbeing. In addition to that one quarter felt actively disengaged in their workplace and nearly 40% suffered from excess pressure on the job.

That said, small initiatives can make a huge difference. For example, research by Prof Alan Hedge has also shown that just a couple of minutes of movement, done regularly throughout the workday, can break the cycle of poor metabolism that otherwise results in obesity and chronic illness from sitting.

Other studies have also demonstrated the positive benefits of specific exercises, posture correction, breathing techniques and educating workers in self-care strategies…

The resulting improvements in mental health, productivity, staff engagement and retention, absenteeism and injury rates are astounding.

You can register your business here

You can Register here if you’re an individual worker

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Hands up if you’d LOVE more time to Exercise!

Spring is here and there’s no better time to dust off your walking shoes and increase your daily activity!

Plus, if you register for ‘Steptember’ and aim for 10,000 steps each day of the month from 4th September, you’ll be raising money to support children with cerebral palsy

After all, it is recommended adults take at least 10,000 steps per day to maintain good health… and the average office worker only manages about 3000.

I’d love to have more time to exercise, you say, but I’m just so busy!

Well, I’ve got some good news for you!

Recent research has shown that just 2 minutes of movement, every half hour while you’re sitting, is the best way to boost your metabolism to reduce your risk of chronic disease from sitting.

Yay! So if you commit to moving your body for just 2 minutes regularly throughout your working day, you can drastically improve your health.

Is that a good enough reason to get moving?

It doesn’t have to be limited to walking. Every bit of body movement counts as ‘steps’ towards better health.

Plus, you don’t have to set aside a half an hour block for exercise every day (though that’s still fantastic, if you can make the time)…

You can just schedule in a quick couple of minutes here and there (ideally every half hour) to get your body moving and your step count up!

So, here’s some practical ways to get more ‘steps’ in your day this ‘Step-tember’

  • Engage a colleague or your team to join in the challenge to increase your steps. It’s amazing how a bit of ‘healthy competition’ will motivate you!
  • Stand up from your desk every half hour and do some calf raises, up and down onto your toes. Aim to do more repetitions each time. Stretch your calves out in-between.
  • Every time you go to sit down, do some extra ‘chair squats’ first. Position yourself so the backs of your knees are just in front of your chair with feet hip width apart. Bend your hips and knees while aiming your buttocks towards the back of the chair but don’t quite sit down. Go as far as you can comfortably go, then come up again. Repeat 5-10 times or to comfort.
  • Stand up and ‘walk while you talk’ on the phone. If you need to be at your desk, do some mini calf raises, squats or lunges while you’re talking and scribbling.
  • Arrange walking meetings or meeting around standing stations, so you can move rather than sit still.
  • Make use of standing stations or sit- stand desks. Aim to stand for about 15 minutes (or as long as is comfortable for you) every hour or so. You’ll be surprised just how much more your step count increases when you’re standing, even if you’re keyboarding.
  • Getting up to use the copier, printer, go to the bathroom or grab a drink goes without saying… but what if you make an attempt NOT to send in-house emails? Instead go for a walk and visit the staff member to directly interact!
  • Be strict with yourself about taking a break from your desk for lunch- even if it’s a quick one! Getting up, and outside if you can, is not only a great way to get more walking into your day, but reaps a multitude of benefits for your productivity and mental health.
  • Most of us know we should take the stairs rather than the lift where possible. Why not challenge yourself this ‘Steptember’ to really make an effort and develop start the healthy habit of ‘stair climbing’

Enjoy challenging yourself to increasing your step count this September and, most importantly, reaping the rewards of better health!

If you’d like my 5 Steps to beat Pain & Strain at your desk (plus improve your posture & Burn fat) in 2 mins, enter your details and I’ll send it straight to you!

Ignore your Niggles at your Peril! When to wait & when to act…

A new study of tradie’s health & injuries highlights not only some risks for tradies, but some extremely important health lessons for us all.

 

You see, Australia’s national health campaign this month is focused on the health of our trusty ‘tradies’…

 

… the ‘Good guys’ that come to the rescue when we need something fixed or built for us.

 

Yet a new study shows that our tradies are suffering… nearly 2/3 (64%) of tradies said they’ve been injured in their current job and most fail to see a doctor or seek any medical attention.

 

This seems a little crazy to the rest of us!

 

Their work relies so heavily on their physical capacity, and time off work due to injuries hits them even harder in the hip pocket than many of us…

 

We might think they’d take great care of their bodies; yet the study shows 79% take great care of their tools and only 47% consider looking after their body

 

Now, before we point a judgemental finger, have a think;

 

Are most of us any different?

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Does your Office Chair Need a ‘Checkup’?

It’s nearly the end of the financial year in Australia… So many of us are keen to maximise our tax deductions!

 

If you’re been feeling a bit uncomfortable in your office chair and wondering if it’s right for you, this is the perfect time to give your chair at work a ‘checkup’ and see if you’re due a new one!

 

Many people ask me about what they should look for in a good, ‘ergonomic’ office chair..

So this week I’ll take you through Part 1 of your ‘Office Chair Checkup’

 

The first question you’ll need to ask is whether it’s height adjustable?🤔

 

Now, if you tend to sit on a dining chair or waiting room type chair, you might want to work towards finding something a bit more suitable..

 

Your body will thank you!

 

So, I’m afraid it’s a ‘Fail’ straight up if your chair can’t go up and down to suit you and your desk height.😨

 

In that case, hunt around your house or office to see if there’s a height adjustable office-type chair you can use OR head here to my shop page to checkout the one that ticks all the boxes for adjustable, ergonomically friendly chairs, that suits most people and is best value for money…

And order with FREE SHIPPING before the end of the financial year!🎉

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So… How are you, REALLY?

Tuesday just gone was ‘Wear White to Work Day’, to show our support for those suffering mental illness and their families.

I’m certainly not an expert in mental health, but I’ve sure been touched by mental illness and the toll it takes on it’s victims and their loved ones.

Chances are that you have been too.

Statistics show that 1 in 5 of us will experience some sort of mental ill-health throughout the year.

That’s a whole lots of people and a whole lot of sadness.😞

You’d be surprised how good many people become at pushing on, putting on a brave face, and not giving away much of the despair, isolation and fragility they’re feeling.

Sometimes those people are just tired or burnt out.
Sometimes they’re just having a bad day.
But sometimes they’re just hanging on, while we are quite unaware.

Maybe you’ve even been in that place..​​

It’s no co-incidence that many times a ‘physio session’ end up being more a ‘counselling session’..
​and it’s mainly because I am in the fortunate position to spend real quality time with those people.

I’m just listening to their worries and fears without judgement.

And yes, I’m qualified to give advice to navigate through their injury or point them in the right direction for further medical attention…

BUT it’s the ‘taking time and listening’ that matters.

Now mental ill-health is a complex issue, but the GOOD NEWS is…

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Is your Satchel, Carrybag or Handbag Ruining your Posture?

To answer the question, Is my carry bag ruining my posture?

Short answer, yes..

Carrying the wrong bag and carrying it poorly places heaps of strain on your shoulders, back and neck..😫

BUT, you can take steps to reduce the load your bag puts on your posture.🎉
 

How much your bag- backpack, satchel or handbag- affects your posture is determined by these things..
 
1)    The type of Bag
 
2)    How heavy it is
 
3)    The way you carry it
 
4)    Your postural strength and endurance
 
So, let’s look at these factors  and see which ones you can improve on..


1)    What type of bag do you tend to carry?

A Laptop bag?💼
A Handbag?👜
A Backpack?🎒
A gym bag?💪
 
It’s probably a ‘no-brainer’, but bags that allow you to carry your load fairly symmetrically win every time.
 
So backpacks are great- and there’s some pretty cool ones out there is you hunt around..
 
The best ones have a waist strap that allows you to distribute some weight to your hips and pelvis. That’s especially important is you have a heavy backpack, are carrying it long distances or have a sore, weak spine. 🎒

.. but maybe not ‘the look’ you’re after?

The next best option is a ‘satchel type’ bag that allows you to spread the load from one shoulder, across the chest, and the weight hand on the opposite side… more about how to carry it well later 💼
 
If you have a casual carry bag (like a gym bag), make sure it has a longer ‘over the shoulder’ handle, so you can carry it like the satchel rather than both handles. 
If not, ditch it!
 
Lastly, the Handbag. Well, ladies, we do have a tendency to fall in love with a gorgeous handbag! 👜
 
Truth is, is you wanna do your posture a favour, keep your handbag as small as you can. 
NOT choose the oversize option that allows you to fit the kitchen sink- unless it’s just for the beach!

 

2)    How heavy it is

You knew it was coming! 

Yep, it’s time to give your carry bag a spring clean 😃
 

The last time I did this, I found an industrial sized tape measure in the bottom that weighed a tonne! No wonder I was feeling weighed down L
 
So make sure you only have in it what you absolutely need so you’re not putting unnecessary strain on your body.

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