Active living

Our blogger shares expert tips on keeping families outdoors for longer. Kristine Moody loves keeping kids and adults on the move and outside whether it's snowing, raining or blisteringly hot. A combination of nicely pitched activities, harmonising skill gaps, a flexible approach and well-planned food and drink means you can create small adventures every week.

  1. IG myths exploded - the keto diet

    IG myths exploded - the keto diet
    If you want to achieve health gains through diets, you will have heard of keto or the ketogenic diet. If you’ve seen a lot of influencers push it, then maybe pause to consider the whole picture. Ketones Ketones form one of our emergency systems. When your carbohydrate intake drops to pretty much zero, the only source of energy left for...
  2. IG myths exploded - active or sporty?

    IG myths exploded - active or sporty?
    When thinking about the human body it’s hard to separate health and movement, just as it is hard to separate being unhealthy and sedentary. But we need to make an important distinction: being active doesn’t mean being sporty. Over in camp healthy, there are two common mindsets: “I love my sport. I follow a strict training and diet regime to...
  3. IG myths exploded: Sweat & weight loss

    IG myths exploded: Sweat & weight loss
    Many people mix up heavy sweating and weight loss and I suspect this myth originated in combat sports. There are strict weight categories to fall within for boxers and wrestlers. On the day of the fight, the athlete can reduce their bodyweight by sweating heavily so that they scrape into their preferred (lighter) weight class. A fast run can raise...
  4. IG myths exploded: Diets

    IG myths exploded: Diets
    Search up stuff related to your favourite sports and fitness hacks, chances are Instagram will bombard you with related paid posts. It’s in their nature to post for immediate interaction, not your long-term health gains. I’m starting 2022 by dispelling common myths, kicking off with rubbish diet advice. Myth 1 – Gluten is evil Intestinal distress, cramps, bloating, strength loss...
  5. Calorie-burning 101

    Calorie-burning 101
    Have you ever been in a gym, full of energy and good intentions, started on the treadmill and after 40 minutes of sweat and hard work you look at the screen and… you only burned 250 Cal…. Wait, what?!? That doesn’t even make up for the half sandwich you had before the workout! So which one is it, do you...
  6. 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...
  7. Sitting is the new smoking

    Sitting is the new smoking
    The new juicer and the cardio apps 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 sounds, but first a...
  8. Quick fitness slots

    Quick fitness slots
    One particularly numbing week I spent a whole Saturday watching whitewater kayaking and the following Sunday dashing between two football tournaments – this on top of mid-week tennis chauffeuring. Some parents are great at meeting their own training needs. Maybe they have better time management, maybe they are more selfish. Without judging, many of us can't make time for our...
  9. Kayaks or canoes for lake holidays?

    Kayaks or canoes for lake holidays?
    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 you’re halfway there. You can plonk one plastic kayak upside down on the...
  10. Kids' parkour: Think outside the box

    Kids' parkour: Think outside the box
    Your kids don't need equipment or lessons to become athletic. There’s an industry telling parents 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 can be...
  11. Outdoors birthday parties for kids

    Outdoors birthday parties for kids
    Always more fun for the kids, always best for your carpets. We're big fans of hosting birthday parties outdoors. Anyone can organise some water games on a June afternoon and hand out ice lollies at the end. Only clever parents can rustle up a cool outdoors party for their November baby. Pro tip is to ensure there are no surprises...

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