Fitness

  1. Quick routines, great gains

    Quick routines, great gains
    Babies teach you how to put your own needs to the side, and as your kids grow their lives only get more complicated. Family logistics become huge. If you managed to keep your fitness regime or sports up in the free hours you had while your baby or toddler was in childcare, that’s great. If you’ve only regained the energy...
  2. Goal-keeping tips for kids

    Goal-keeping tips for kids
    We have great tips for wannabe goalkeepers from Danny Terry, who was 18 when he started playing football. He now trains with Albion Rovers so it’s safe to say he’s caught up. – Quick feet is what you’re after, says Terry. – Focus on footwork and you’ll do so much better. It’s also important to stay big – stay upright...
  3. Sitting is the new smoking

    Sitting is the new smoking
    The gym classes, the new juicer, the cardio apps – it’s all so old school. The thing now is to stand up. Lose the chair, gain fitness 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...
  4. Quick fitness drills 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...
  5. Sports injure, sofas kill

    What's a broken ankle anywayA protective parent is a good parent, no? There’s a great deal of maternal anxiety about sharp tools, about speed and about general shenanigans off the ground – in trees and on walls. Tools can injure fingers and going fast or climbing high can damage knees, elbows, wrists and ankles. Yes, sure. I like well-functioning...
  6. The anti-helmet argument

    The case for bike helmets isn’t cut and dry. Personally I don’t like the smugness that often goes with purchasing safety kit. 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...
  7. Toddler parkour over organised sport

    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...

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