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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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‘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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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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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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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!

Stiff and Sore no more! Grab this Easter Holiday Travel Tip that keeps your back and hips happy while you Sit

Travelling this Easter Break? Does you back groan at you just with the thought of sitting for hour in the car, train or plane?

Do you feel hunched over with stiffness or soreness in your low back and hips from being stuck sitting for ages… then take a bit of unwinding while you straighten up again?

I’ve got some good news for you!

I recorded a video of my favourite way to keep your back and hips from stiffening up while you travel… this tip has saved me many times 🙂

It’s also a great way to keep yourself alert if you’re driving or stuck sitting in a meeting or conference when you can’t move as much as you’d like to.

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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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