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Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep 9 Students are suffering from Sitting- the Stats

When I go into classrooms to talk to kids about moving more, healthy postures & desk setup I am often amazed.

Firstly, because I didn’t think kid as young as 8 & 9 years would tell me how much their neck, shoulders and backs hurt when they’re gaming or using their iphones/ ipads.

Secondly, kids astound me by how interested they are in knowing more about their bodies!

So many students enjoy the opportunity to feel the difference between a ‘hunched’ posture and ‘healthy’ postures.

They love finding fun ways to move more that resonate with what they enjoy.

… and one student’s parent even told me her son set her home office up to be ‘ergonomically friendly’ during lockdown after taking home advice from one of our ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ classes!

In Episode 9 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ podcast I share some scary statistics about how students, globally, are suffering physically and mentally from increased time sitting.

They’re sitting at their desks, hunched over laptops more.

They’re sitting slouched over phones and tablets on their couch or bed more.

All of which doesn’t set a great foundation to be healthful, successful movers, learners and leaders in their years ahead.

Don’t be discouraged by the statistics!

It’s time to take action and encourage our students to healthy movement, posture and ergonomic habits!

Enjoy listening as physio Kym Siddons shares some ways you can join the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ movement as we help our next generation employ healthy habits for life.

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep8 Desk Setup Sabotage?

Is your desk setup sabotaging your health?

If you’re feeling stiff and sore, tight and tense and continually lacking energy at your desk…

Listen to Episode 8 of ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast, as Physio Kym Siddons shares insights into some aspects of your desk setup that might be stopping you feeling great while you work.

How your workstation is setup, including furniture and accessories, along with how you position yourself and move within that work environment to fulfil your work tasks, is what the term ‘Ergonomics’ is referring to.

An ‘Ergonomically friendly’ work environment is supposed to help you feel good physically, as well as encouraging great productivity and efficiency as you work.

It also helps you be far more productive and minimise the risk of work-related illness and injury…

So that work is a really positive part of your daily life!

BUT

If your desk setup isn’t quite right for your body, the tasks you do or the workflow you prefer it can be very frustrating- mentally and emotionally as well as physically.

So this episode helps you identify areas that you can easily address to feel and function your best at your desk!

Key factors of poor ergonomics that can negatively impact your health at your desk are
– not facilitating movement
– not setup for efficient movement
– repetitive (particularly static) load on your body (and mind)
– repetitive movements in poor positions
– Lacking adequate or appropriate support

Physio Kym talks through these aspects and give you some things to look out for and improve on!

You’re also invited to join Physio Kym in the FREE ‘Be Fit 2 Sit 5 Day Challenge’
It kicks off in the Be Fit 2 Sit Challenge Facebook group on May 24th

Click HERE to join us for targeted exercises and advice to help you feel great while you work
or head to https://www.facebook.com/groups/befit2sitchallenge

 

 

 

‘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. 

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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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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Stiff and Sore from Shivering? Stretches and Exercises to Unwind your shrugged up shoulders

Stiff and Sore from Shivering? Stretches and Exercises to Unwind your shrugged up shouldersespecially while you learn or work from home 

In winter time many of us find our shoulders shrugged up around our ears and our back hunched as we brace against the cold. 

While shivering is our body’s natural response to help keep us warm, and in fact it even helps boost our metabolism- it thrusts us into a poor posture. 

This Winter Warming, 2 Minute ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ break will help! 

Click here to watch the video

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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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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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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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Exercising when you’re Stiff, Sore, Unsure or Injured: Rule No 4

If we wait til we’re feeling 100% to get started doing any sort of exercise- whether it’s a few exercises at home, a workout in the gym or any kind of cardio activity- that day may never come!

 

So, over the past few weeks we’ve been looking at ways we can keep ouselves in ‘ship shape’, moving towards our health and fitness goals, even if we’re feeling really stiff & sore, unsire or injured…

Or all of the above!

 

The good news is that over the past 20+ years, I’ve led thousands of people through this process and I’ve been sharing my 4 top tips, or ‘Rules’ to help you work out:

What you should and shouldn’t do, how far you should push and what to do next.

Those we covered in ‘Rules 1, 2 and 3’.

 

If you haven’t read them or watched the videos that dive into the specifics, make sure you catchup on the most important stuff you need to know (below)

Rule 1 Don’t Push into Pain (or at least not much more pain)

Rule 2 Stop just Short of Fatigue

Rule 3  Taking note of How you Feel After Exercising

 

We’re onto our last Rule today, so without further ado…

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