What exercise did you and your children get up to this weekend?

Was you active? I don’t know about you but I love the crisp autumn mornings – they are perfect for long walks and spotting wildlife! We went for a long walk on Sunday and saw two deer in the field amoung the frost – I wish I had my camera!

There are loads of activities you can do inside with your children too, especially if they feel the cold! Why not replicate movements we use in the gym such as squats by placing things on the floor and getting them to pick things up or shoulder presses by lifting toys in the air 20 times. You could also get some bean bags and see who can sit on the floor and then stand up while balancing the bag on their head? Yes you’ll drop them but isn’t that half the fun???

Children’s Fitness Trainer – doing her own fitness things!

I learn a lot writing for Health and Fitness Magazine, especially when it comes to how to use your workout time effectively!

At the moment I am on a strict Paleo diet – where you literally eat like a caveman e.g. If you couldn’t get it back in the caveman days then you don’t eat it. So lots of green veg, nuts and fresh lean meat so to be honest I haven’t got the energy to go and do some crazy long and hard run at the moment. So instead of sitting down and wishing my energy levels would rise I went to my local park and did some running drills.

I basically found a football pitch and did one minute of skips, running backwards, side running, high knees and leg kicks mixed in with two minutes of sprinting up one end of the pitch and then recovering to the other end. I got a really good workout, all without being too far away from my house.

Next week I plan to do hill sprints. I would have finished the 14-day strict paleo by then so should well and truly have my energy back.

The thing is you really need to listen to your body when exercising. I knew I couldn’t afford to go all out today so I didn’t BUT the key is I didn’t skip my workout. I tailored it to my needs and did what I could.

Exercise is definitely a way of life and this is what I want to get across to your children – exercise is fun and a necessity – especially if they grow up to have office jobs. It really does help to get moving before or after work to counter-balance all that sitting down, the yummy office lunches and off course it helps concentration levels too!

Children’s Fitness, Children’s Food

To stop children getting too hungry, and lacking in energy, which can result in MOOD swings and LACK OF CONCENTRATION, we need to be feeding them every two to three hours. Adults also need this – it will help to get the metabolism going and help you deal with stress etc.  However, it’s not always easy to think of snack ideas to have between main meals. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

* Apple and a handful of unsalted nuts

* Low fat yogurt pot

* Cashews and raisins

* Mixed seeds and dried cranberries

* Raw fruit bar (read labels carefully for added ingredients)

* Cucumber and carrot slices with humus

* Mashed avocado on wheat free rye bread

* Rye bread with almond butter

* Yoghurt, blueberries and crushed almonds

* Roasted veggies and humus

* lean ham and melon slices

Cup of vegetable soup

* 2 x Hard boiled eggs

* Avocado and Prawns

Your snacks are the ideal opportunity to get in as many good nutrients as possible rather than simply be hungry between meals (that’s no fun!!!).  If you still feel hungry after snacks you may be dehydrated, so  have a glass of water to fill that gap. Coconut water is also another yummy option!


Why you and your Children should step away from the TV and exercise instead!

Ok, we are all guilty of watching the x-factor on a Saturday night (can you believe it was on for 2 1/2 hours on Saturday??!!) but did you know that every hour we spend watching TV shortens our lifespan by 21.8 minutes!!! 

Researchers at the University of Queensland say that all that sitting down increases your risk of obesity, heart disease and diabetes – not good!

I’m not saying don’t watch TV because I know your kids would hate me but why don’t you make TV watching a bit more active by playing TV bingo?

Whatever the show, choose words that will prompt you to get up of the coach. Watching X-factor? Every time you hear ‘Fun’ or ‘sing’ or ‘rubbish’ get on your feet and do a jump.

Or why not do five sit ups every time someone looks at the floor after they have been told by Gary Barlow that they were rubbish?

Who said watching TV couldn’t be fun as well as active?

What has your Kid’s Fitness Trainer, Lucy Miller been up to?

Running 13.2 miles that’s what!

I applied for the Royal Parks Half Marathon (http://royalparkshalf.com/) back in May – you know one of those things you think sounds like a wicked idea at the time!

It was actually good fun – I did Run To The Beat just two weeks before so I knew my legs could handle it. The problem is I went out far too fast and blew up at mile 9! My legs just didn’t want to go any further. I didn’t give it though. I just walked 50 steps, and ran to the next mile mark, telling myself that every mile I could have a 5–step breather.

That’s the thing with exercise – everyone session and every race is different, you just have to listen to your body and go with it. Sometimes you just can’t push as you hard as you would like to.

I finished three minutes slower than Run To The Beat but felt I gave it everything. My next goal is to beat that 1 hour 40, in another half marathon every next year – goals are so important in life because they keep you focused and motivated.

Now its time for a hot bath and a chill on the sofa – my work today is done!

I can’t wait to see what talents your children have. As I said everyone person is different, which is why I love working with children and helping them make the most of themselves and give them confidence to run their first race, get on the stage for their school dance or be an important team member in that team game. Exercise is fun and should be a way of life. The fitter and healthier you are, the more you can take part in races like I have today. Its so great to sit down on a Sunday afternoon and feel that I have achevived something and had fun doing it! If you want something in life – there is never a good enough reason not to go and get it!

Happy Sunday!

Time for a rest!

So why should you encourage your child to be active?

Easy! Here are a few reasons for you:

  • Exercise causes the brain to release chemicals called endorphins, which naturally make us feel happy and healthy.
  • Children with active lifestyles tend to excel in sports.
  • Physically active kids tend to be academically motivated, alert, and successful.
  • Healthy children have high self-esteem.