Active Living

  1. 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 Coke, working hard towards iron deficiency, bone abnormalities and poor sports performance.* Animal proteins are a great source of protein...
  2. 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 regulate your growth and maintain your skeleton. Your body could be entirely autonomous in the production of vitamin D thanks...
  3. 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 a key element for this to happen*. If there is scarcity of water in your body (dehydration), the process is...
  4. Camping for Beginners Guide UK

    Camping for Beginners Guide UK
    Didn't camp much as a kid? It's not a big step to offer your own kids some light adventure! Eating outdoors, organising garden games, a weekend of camping - it's the same mindset. There really are only two essentials to being comfortable when you move your regular activities outdoors: You need to stay warm and dry. The food should be...
  5. Quick Workout & Exercise Routines for Adults

    Quick Workout & Exercise Routines for Adults
    Babies teach you how to put your own needs to the side. Family logistics only become bigger as they grow. If you managed to keep your sports up in the free hours you had while your baby or toddler was in childcare, that’s great. Few do! If you're getting into it now, there's great news. Gains show quickly when you...
  6. How Sitting All Day is Bad for Your Health

    How Sitting All Day is Bad for Your Health
    The gym classes, the new juicer, the cardio apps – it just got old. The thing now is to stand up. If you sit a lot, then more exercise time doesn’t make up for the damage which sitting is doing to your body. It’s not about creating more activity, it’s about cutting down inactivity. It is as easy as it...
  7. Quick Fitness Drills / Workouts for Parents

    Quick Fitness Drills / Workouts for Parents
    One particularly numbing week I spent a whole Saturday watching slalom kayaking and the following Sunday dashing between two football tournaments – this on top of mid-week tennis chauffeuring. Many parents miss having that time to spend on their own fitness. But you can slot in some valuable drills when you spectate. Remember: Improving your posture gives you more bang for...
  8. Sports Injure, Sofas Kill

    Sports Injure, Sofas Kill
    There’s a great deal of parental anxiety about sharp tools, about speed and about general shenanigans off the ground – in trees and on walls. Tools can injure fingers. Going fast or climbing high can damage knees, elbows, wrists and ankles. Sure, an unlucky fall can take months to repair. But a sedentary life swipes a decade off your life...
  9. Kayaks vs Canoes: Which Should You Buy?

    Kayaks vs Canoes: Which Should You Buy?
    Whitewater or quiet ponds - the real challenge is transporting the kit A kayak or canoe sitting in your back garden is perfectly chic, so storage isn't the challenge. It's the hauling around. Swedish car accessories maker Thule’s slogan is “Bring your life” which I find rather lovely. If you’re already in the business of dragging family bikes around the country then...
  10. Alternatives to Sunscreen for Kids

    Alternatives to Sunscreen for Kids
    Some massive controversies about skin cancer have been knocking about in the public domain. Studies showing sunscreen causing cancer.  Studies showing that lack of sun exposure causes more cancer than over-exposure does. Studies showing that the higher the SPF, the less liberally it’s applied, so that the screening effect is actually lower than in lower factor creams. So a minefield...
  11. Are Bike Helmets Safer for Kids?

    Are Bike Helmets Safer for Kids?
    The case for bike helmets isn’t cut and dry. Ticking a box which says safety is very different from increasing safety. There are surprisingly good, well-researched arguments being made against bike helmets. Let’s separate three different helmet debates: Obviously there is the protective value of helmets to cyclists as seen from the A&E wards. This is a much more difficult case...
  12. About Kids' Parkour: Healthy, Free & Fun

    About Kids' Parkour: Healthy, Free & Fun
    You can build everyday sports skills without equipment or lessons. There’s an industry around parents telling them to sign their children up for endless classes – promising to set their offspring up for a lifetime of sporting success with early years football coaching, gymnastics or racquet sports. The logistics of organised sports for a family with two or three children...
  13. Outdoors Birthday Party Ideas for Kids

    Outdoors Birthday Party Ideas for Kids
    Whether you hate hoovering or just want to keep your china intact, you’ve got every motivation to entertain your kids’ friends outside. Anyone can organise some water games on a June afternoon and hand out ice lollies at the end. Only very clever parents can rustle up a cool outdoors party for their November baby. Make sure there are no surprises...

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