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Building an exercise identity

What kind of an exercise identity is your child building for him or herself? What are you doing to help build it? What is your school doing? I talk a lot about how one of the goals of Fit Kids is to leave children with a positive association with exercise, so they’ll want to keep it […]

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How to become a Fit Kids licensee coach

Do you have what it takes to join our team? We’re very excited to have just opened applications for new instructors to join the Fit Kids team, and we can’t wait to start talking to passionate teachers from all over the country who share our vision. Fit Kids is more than a business opportunity: it’s […]

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Exercise makes children smarter

Researchers are finding more and more evidence to support the theory that exercise improves brain function and cognition, meaning that exercise makes children smarter. According to this JAMA Network review, ‘In addition to the positive physical and mental health impact of physical activity, there is a strong belief that regular participation in physical activity is linked […]

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How to be a nice kid

Kids, this one’s for you. And if you can’t read yet, hopefully your parents will read this to you. I work with kids like you every day. It’s fun, and I really like it. But sometimes one or two of you forget how to be a nice kid, and that can make it not so fun. […]

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improve reading skills | Fit Kids

Want to improve reading skills? Practice skipping.

When teaching children to read, what do we usually do?  Read to them, play reading games, point out words to them, encourage them with flash cards, listen to them reading… Conventional wisdom tells us to keep practicing the skill we want to learn. But, more and more evidence is pointing to the fact that children should go […]

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Fit Kids | Childhood Obesity

The solution to childhood obesity is simple

I said it’s simple, but that doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy. The solution is to make exercise a part of every child’s school day, EVERY DAY. Obesity is already one of the biggest battles that our children’s generation is going to have to fight.  Did you know that obesity levels have tripled since we […]

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Top 5 benefits of exercise for children

According to the World Health Organisation, children need at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day.   This total of 60 minutes doesn’t necessarily need to be all in one go and in a structured environment.  It just means that in total, children should be moving their bodies in a moderate to vigorous way for […]

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Strong Girls | Fit Kids

Don’t tell me ‘girls aren’t as strong as boys’

The other day a teacher I know said (very innocently) that she doesn’t expect girls to do push ups, because girls are built differently and aren’t as strong as boys. She didn’t mean anything by it – she’s a woman, and that’s what she’s always been told by the world around her. Boys are built […]

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Exercise is a life-skill, not a sport

I’d like you to know that this is my life’s ambition: to see schools, teachers, and parents present exercise to their children as a life-skill; as something completely separate to sport. There are so many benefits to exercise. We all know this, or we think we do, but have you really stopped to think about […]

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An open letter to useless coaches and teachers

An open letter to useless coaches and teachers UPDATE: I need to say that this post was not directly about any one person or school that I work with or interact with. But, there may be elements of these ‘useless coaches’ in ALL OF US who work with children, and we need to check ourselves ALL […]

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Fit Kids instant gratification

On instant gratification: Why learning to wait makes children nicer

Learning to wait for things is a learned habit, and one that we all need to practice, for ourselves and our children. I’m not proud to admit it, but when my WIFI takes too long to load a page, I shout at my screen.  When a car drives too slowly in front of me, I […]

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Fit Kids Simon McQueen

Shaping the way children feel about exercise

I was recently reading the September 2009 President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports Research Digest, which found that ‘positive character development achieved through physical activity is linked to positive adult role models.’ This means that the more chances a child has to be exposed to an adult that shows them care and respect, and at the same […]

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Encourage everyday exercise, not sporting achievement

  If I could give every school a word of advice, it would be this: Separate the practice of exercise from the practice of sport. I’m willing to stick my neck out and say that every single adult who lives a less-than-active lifestyle does so because of a negative association with sport-based exercise as a […]

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Hidden veggies: Chocolate avocado pudding

This avo chocolate pudding had us giggling all weekend! In general our daughter has a problem eating anything that may possibly have been of plant origin.  Avocado’s have been a particular food hate of hers even though the rest of the family can’t get enough of them. So when she spent over an hour savouring this super […]

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Why obstacle course racing is great for Fit Kids

I was really excited to meet the guys from The Grind Obstacle course racing a couple of weeks ago to find out more about their family obstacle course event on 3rd December. I was even more excited when they asked if Fit Kids would like to run their Little G course for kids aged 4 […]

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Eggy ‘muffin’ cups

You know how we like our quick and healthy snacks. An old magazine recipe inspired these – our own variation of egg ‘muffins’ that can be whipped up in under 1 minute (excluding cooking time).  They’re really handy for keeping in the fridge to be thrown into lunch boxes or popped into hungry mouths at […]

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10 non-boring ideas for spending quality time with your kids

I realised the other day that spending time with my kids is not really quality time unless both of us are enjoying it. When I force myself to play a 4 year old’s game that is beyond boring for me, there’s no fun, and no real connection.  And I’m sure my kids feel the same […]

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Mr Fit Kids says: Fast food is not a reward!

Hi.  It’s me, back on my soap box again. I love the interesting conversations I have with my Fit Kids.  We had a fantastic chat yesterday about junk food. There’s a great little guy in one of my classes.  He struggles a bit, but tries so hard and is really feeling great about what he’s […]

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Hidden veggies recipe: Pink pancakes

Always looking for ways to sneak decent nutrients into our daughter’s diet, we thought she’d love these pink pancakes.  Of course she was onto us though… She was immediately suspicious of what made the pancakes pink, and figured out that the hidden ingredient was beetroot pretty quickly! But, she still couldn’t resist tucking into them. […]

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Parents: You should let your kids watch more TV!

Don’t you just love the electronic babysitter?  Hours of peace and quiet to get on with important grown up stuff without interruption! You should definitely let your children watch as much TV as they want.  Here’s why: 1.  TV very efficiently uses up time that children might otherwise spend playing, and since children learn best through play, […]

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