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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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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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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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Join Fit Kids at the Super Hero Charity Dash

DATE CHANGE: SUNDAY 28TH MAY 2017 One thing that Fit Kids stands for is creating great exercise memories for children and their families – what better way to instil a life-long healthy attitude towards staying active, right?  So when we heard about this really inspired new event concept, the Super Hero Charity Dash, we were all over it. Here’s […]

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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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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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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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