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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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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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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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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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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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