Updated: May 8, 2020
Stay Fit Australia is the name of a revolutionary new program co-created by the team at The Ethical Kollektiv alongside world-renowned Dr Michelle McQuaid and her highly experienced team of Positive Psychology experts at The Wellbeing Lab.
The program is the first of its kind and combines the best research in human flourishing with core strengthening and daily physical activity. The program draws on decades of research using Professor Martin Seligman’s PERMAH theory as a framework along with research in Australian workplaces conducted by the Wellbeing Lab and Dr Peggy Kern from the University of Melbourne.
"For the first time ever, we are combining the Wellbeing Workshop with a Physiotherapist Core Strengthening 30 minute Activity." - Hamish Mehterns, Director, Stay Fit Australia.
Why is Physiotherapist Assisted Movement Important?
Being forced indoors, turning our homes into our offices and cancelling all social events is leading Australia down the risky path of chronic mental and physical injuries in the masses. Closing gyms, yoga studios, pilates classes and working long hours on dodgy workstations is a recipe for disaster.
"Stay Fit Australia's focus is not to give you the perfect abs or that summer bod you've always dreamed of. Our programs are designed to suit all fitness levels focusing on minimum daily exercise levels, core muscle group strengthening and postural improvements. With the aim to prevent long term injury from sitting hunched over our workstations all day." - Kristoffer Collopy (Co-Director Stay Fit Australia)
Stay Fit Australia is planning to support all Australians and is gracefully working hard in the background alongside APMHA Healthcare and Bento Solutions to develop a free public platform for all Essential Workers, the unemployed and those at high risk of mental health complications.
So Where Does The Employer Fit In To All of This?
“In our rush to do something about people in trouble, in our rush to do something about repairing damage, it never occurred to us to develop interventions to make people happier—positive interventions.” -Professor Martin Seligman
Now that people are getting settled into their home-work environments, there are some very important factors to consider:
1. Are Our Employees Looking After Themselves?
2. Are Our Workstations Causing Potential Injury?
3. Are We Taking Responsibility for Our Employees Wellbeing?
4. Is There More We Can Do?
Some households are dealing with home-schooling, adult children are moving back into the nest and others are suffering from severe lack of connection leading to substance abuse or even worse. On top of this, we are trying to keep a normal 9-5 work routine.
Without any structured frameworks, clearly defined routines or regular activities even the strongest among us can slip down the slippery slope of depression.
The Stay Fit Australia program is a great starting point for employers looking to create unity, structure and positivity within their staff group. The Wellbeing Lab facilitators have worked with organisations such as IBM, Treasury Wine Estates, Swisse and include none other than Dr Paige Williams - Lecturer and Researcher at the Centre for Positive Psychology at Melbourne University Centre
"The best research in human behaviour tells us that the science will work for some of the people some of the time" - Dr Michelle McQuaid.
None of us are identical, we are motivated by different things and our individual circumstances vary. However, studies have shown that looking after our wellbeing matters and can make a huge difference in our home and work lives.
"The State of Wellbeing in Australian Workplaces" Survey conducted by The Wellbeing Lab and The Australian HR Institute uncovered some incredible data,
Other studies indicate that our mental firepower is directly linked to our physical regimen. And nowhere are the implications more relevant than to our performance at work. Consider the following cognitive benefits, all of which you can expect as a result of incorporating regular exercise into your routine:
Prolonged mental stamina
The Stay Fit Australia program harnesses the relationship between the body and the mind in a 5-day program specifically designed to help you be the best possible version of yourself during this crisis.