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Active Living

  • Vegan diets for kids and teens: Do’s and don'ts

    Vegan diets for kids and teens: Do’s and don'ts

    It takes elite resolve to cut animal products from your diet. If you’ve already taken this step, you have my admiration. Of course, eliminating meat doesn’t mean you are automatically healthy. You can stuff yourself with takeaways, French fries and...
  • Sleep for teenagers - the science

    Sleep for teenagers - the science

    You have a tonne going on and your sleep deficit is building up. Sounds familiar? Yet you make it to school, to training and you have time for shows, games and friends. Are the late nights really a problem? Turns...
  • Recharging: How to dose your daylight

    Recharging: How to dose your daylight

    Staying outdoors is just as important to your health as being active.  We’ll cover some well-known risks of strong sun later, but first the positives: As you go through your childhood and teens, daylight is a literally brilliant way to...
  • Hydration for Sports: What Should You Drink?

    Hydration for Sports: What Should You Drink?

    Many different kinds of sport drinks promise miracles. Let’s check the facts! Fluids while exercising - the science Allowing muscle fibres to contract: Your muscles work thank to the “sliding” of interlaced fibres, actin and myosin. Water, alongside some minerals, is...
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Junior Sports

  • Highs and lows of cannabis in sport

    Highs and lows of cannabis in sport

    If you imagine a drowsy and relaxed cannabis-smoker, then you’re probably not thinking of a pro athlete. Your stereotype is partly true, but moderate dosage and willpower can overcome some side effects - especially for the personality type which becomes...
  • Olympics 2020 - sport is the bet which always pays off

    Olympics 2020 - sport is the bet which always pays off

    Tokyo 2020 - these super humans have endured the hardest training sessions, made the ultimate sacrifices, and gone through dizzying highs and lows.  A lot more people will place 10th or 20th than on the podium. Some had to pull...
  • Are  e-sports legit?

    Are e-sports legit?

    Defining what’s a sport can be tinged with superiority and favouritism! Wait billiard? Is that even a sport? What about darts? Or e-sports? Or car races? Or hunting? They very often don’t look very athletic. So, why are so many...
  • Come back better - injury prevention drills

    Come back better - injury prevention drills

    Dancing is classified as an art and not a sport, but make no mistake:  Great athleticism is required! From ballet to breakdance you can express yourself wordlessly, but you will undergo movements which are at the very limit of the...
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Motivating Kids

  • Sports Gifts for Teenagers on a Budget

    Sports Gifts for Teenagers on a Budget

    It’s goodbye to half the fun this winter as contact is not allowed in most sports. No live spectators, no fixtures, and gym restrictions... Now is the time to find that inner determination you need in the last minutes of...
  • Siblings: How to Harmonise Skills Gaps

    Siblings: How to Harmonise Skills Gaps

    Holiday happiness doesn’t depend on the amenities of the hotel, the size of the rental car or the amount of sunshine. It depends on your children’s ability to play together. If your sports nut older son is stuck with a...
  • Can You Trust Your Kids with Boats?

    Can You Trust Your Kids with Boats?

    “Believe me, my young friend, there is NOTHING–absolute nothing–half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” This is Ratty’s poetic words of advice to Mole in Wind in the Willows. How to promote children from passengers to...
  • Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

    Coaching kids: Good cop, bad cop

    Successful coaches aren’t charmers. We recognise the toughness required to coach international sides. Of course we prefer generosity and warmth when looking for instructors for our kids. The dilemma is: we all like watching our kids win. We want sport to offer...
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Outdoor Apparel

  • Kids' wetsuits for cold water - the science

    Kids' wetsuits for cold water - the science

    Nothing beats a refreshing dive into a crystal clear lake!  But remember, all the conventional ways in which our amazing bodies regulate their body temperature are extremely inhibited in water. They’re almost nullified. That jeopardises how alert and strong you...
  • Winter Sportswear & Apparel Guide for Kids

    Winter Sportswear & Apparel Guide for Kids

    The right kit keeps kids outside for longer. Regardless of the activity, you’re likely to go at a slower pace than you would do without kids, assuming they are beginners. So make sure your own patience isn’t impacted by cold...
  • Summer Sportswear & Apparel Guide for Kids

    Summer Sportswear & Apparel Guide for Kids

    Even in milder weather parents need to plan. Beach play, full-on water sports or long bike rides all require back-up changes of clothes. But don't let that stop you! Life is more fun when you’re not scared of getting wet...
  • A Guide to Base Layers for Kids

    A Guide to Base Layers for Kids

    Southern Europeans love a huge chunky overcoat for themselves and their kids – “Bring on winter weather!” This is only good if your idea of a great day out is standing at bus-stops. But kids love a good run-around any...
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Kids' fitness

  • Posture, text neck and sport

    Posture, text neck and sport

    Posture is how you “hold up” your body when doing any activity, even sleeping. It doesn’t have a specific definition: you can somehow imagine it as the equivalent of your mental attitude, but on the outside. You can have a...
  • Muscle gains - puberty superpowers

    Muscle gains - puberty superpowers

    You have a puberty superpower to develop muscle tone for life and you need to grab it now. Between the ages of 10 to 17 you have literally a once-in a lifetime opportunity to turn your type 1 slow twitch...
  • Bone strength - puberty superpowers

    Bone strength - puberty superpowers

    Jumps, sprinting, pulling or pushing - the more you fit in as a youth, the more you extend your limits for a life in sports. There is an amazing window from around age 10 to late teens when you can...
  • Cardio wins - puberty superpowers

    Cardio wins - puberty superpowers

      As for bones and skeletal muscles, there is a time-window during your teens when the respiratory system grows at the fastest rate of your life. Your heart, the muscle which controls your circulatory system, is closely linked to your...
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