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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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Cultivating gratitude

I have an allergic reaction to entitlement – it really is the worst of our modern culture’s failings. What is entitlement? The belief that one has a right to receive better treatment or privileges or rewards. From children who believe they’re more special than the next guy, to parents who believe that their child is more deserving […]

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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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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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How to get children moving more

Children need more exercise.   This was the finding of a University College London study which monitored the physical activity levels of 6500 children, and found that only 51% of them were engaging in the recommended 60 minutes per day. What are the main culprits? ‘Academic’ time – time spent sitting to learn and work – […]

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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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Disappointment is good for children

What do you think your number one job as a parent is? Do you feel like it’s your responsibility to make sure your child is happy all the time?  To make sure that they get whatever they want to make them feel happy?  To avoid them ever feeling unhappy or disappointed? Well, it’s time you let yourself […]

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Our school holiday ideas to keep you all smiling

Wahoooo it’s holidays!!  We hope you’re just as excited as your kiddos are! We really love school holidays, but so many parents don’t feel quite the same way.  The trick is to ‘lightly’ schedule things and have a bit of a routine going, and of course you know we’re going to say that you need to […]

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Interview: Blogger Belinda Mountain from Making Mountains

We’ve recently launched an interview series, aimed at digging a little deeper into how childhood experiences shape the way we feel about exercise in later life.  Part research, part entertainment.  And also, we just like speaking to interesting people. I came across Belinda Mountain around the same time that I came across Ash from Fitmom who featured in […]

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Healthy Recipes: The best burgers ever

I bumped into an old friend the other day who I haven’t seen in a couple of years, and while we were talking about ‘the good old days’, she told me that she’ll never forget the ‘best burgers ever’ that I used to make.  The funny thing was that I made the recipe up one night out […]

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Interview: Ashleigh Iovino from FitMom

We’ve recently launched an interview series, aimed at digging a little deeper into how childhood experiences shape the way we feel about exercise in later life.  Part research, part entertainment.  And also, we just like speaking to interesting people. This week we’re interviewing someone with quite the opposite exercise relationship compared to our previous interviewee, Kathryn Rossiter from Becoming […]

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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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Interview: Kathryn Rossiter from Becoming You

We’ve recently launched an interview series aimed at digging a little deeper into how childhood exercise experiences shape the way people feel about exercise in later life.  Part research, part entertainment.  And also, we just like speaking to interesting people. Our first interview is with Kathryn Rossiter, one of Cape Town’s most well-respected lifestyle, travel and family […]

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Healthy Recipes: root vegetable pizza

When I ask my kids what they want for supper, the answer is always pizza.  And you know us weird Fit Kids people, we’re always trying to make healthy recipes out of less than healthy foods. So here’s our vitamin and mineral rich version of our family’s favourite food. Ingredients 4 large pizza bases of […]

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I’m not sporty, but I still like exercise: A few words from Fit Kids’ biggest fan

My wife wrote this article.  I like it because she’s better at writing than me! – Simon. Do you know what I love most about Fit Kids? The possibility that the children Simon and his coaches are working with will end up with a healthier, more fulfilling relationship with exercise than I have. As a very young […]

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