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Episode 11 Thriving in a Screen Intensive World with Dr Liz Kirk

Episode 11 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast’ hosts our first guest, Dr Elizabeth (Liz) Kirk.

Liz has done loads of groundbreaking research in workstation Ergonomics and is the founder of ‘Beyond Ergo’.

Physio Kym  and Liz discuss ways you can you can thrive in our screen intensive world…

In particular, how Personal Protective Behaviours- ‘PPB’s’ are just as important as PPE (personal Protective Equipment) when it comes to feeling and functioning your best at your desk, and beyond!

This applies to developing healthy and meaningful PPB’s when using screens and different workstations, so they really benefits YOU, personally!

Liz shares tips that translate ergonomic recommendations into practical tactics that we can all easily apply to situations involving screen use, as we develop our toolkit of peronal protective behaviours.

She provides great examples of tactics to implement at our desk, such as setting your monitor or laptop screen to the best height to suit your body.

We discuss some surprising problems people have faced when working or studying from home, and the personal protective behaviours that can help deal with these situations…

Along with some simple ‘tactics’ to use to help reduce strain on your body when using your phone or reading documents.

Liz also shares her favourite ‘tactic’ for reducing eye strain and dry eyes while we use screens.

There’s so much goodness in this episode, so make sure you take a listen and supercharge your PPB’s!

 

As promised, Liz has generously shared links to her FREE resources

Moving Home Checklist – https://bit.ly/3lpD6jZ

Free Mini Self-Care Workshop – https://bit.ly/2X4XSMk

You can find out more about Liz and contact her through http://beyondergo.com.au/

 

Kym also offers her ‘Best Desk Exercises to feel your best at your desk’ FREE

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

 

 

 

Get a Sore Low Back Sitting?

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep#6 Get a Sore Back when you Sit?

If you ever feel pain, stiffness or soreness in your low back and hips when you sit, you’re not alone.

Yet, there are many simple things you can do to lessen the strain on your back and hips, preventing and minimising discomfort… so you can feel and function at your best!

In Episode #6 of the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast, Physio Kym Siddons shares

  • How a little bit of targeted movement can reduce back and hip pain
  • Simple stretches and exercises to help your back when sitting
  • Ways to setup your desk furniture to reduce load on your back and hips
  • Chair settings to look for that can help your back

Join Kym for 5 days of targeted Desk Exercises in May in the ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ FREE Challenge, which you can do HERE

https://www.facebook.com/groups/befit2sitchallenge

Be Fit 2 Sit Podcast Ep#5 The BEST Movement Break for YOU

Sprinkling mini movement breaks throughout your day is KEY to feeling and functioning your best at your desk, and beyond.

But finding the MOTIVATION to MOVE can be difficult…
Until you find your Motivating factor!

The REASON that gets you going!

In Episode #5 of ‘Be Fit 2 Sit’ Podcast Physio Kym Siddons discusses many different reasons that might motivate you to move so you start living your best life!

They include

  • Boosting your energy levels
  • reducing stiffness and soreness
  • improving posture and flexibility
  • increasing your metabolic rate towards losing weight
  • reducing tension and stress

Take a listen and be inspired to work out YOUR most motivating factor to move, along with really practical ideas and examples of movement breaks that address each one of those goals.

For more resoures and info head to www.kymsiddonsphysio.com.au/home

‘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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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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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!

Click here to watch

Work or study in bed- good or bad?

Work or study in bed- good or bad?

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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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