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!

Meet the UK’s new childrens fitness trainer – Lucy Miller

So who is she?

Lucy Miller (that’s me :-)) is a ex national gymnast and currently The Fitness Editor at Health & Fitness Magazine.

 

She qualified as a level 3 NASM personal trainer three years ago and after transforming many clients into lean, mean fighting machines, she decided to dip into childrens fitness, where her passion really lies. So she enrolled in The Fitness Industry Education’s (http://www.fitnessindustryeducation.com/ChildrensFitnessCoursesforallages.aspx), level 2 Instructing Exercise & Physical Activity for Children course in July and the rest is history!

Since then she has been working with local schools, designing and co-ducting workouts to improve children’s fitness flexibility, strength, stamina, balance and co-ordination.

Her main aim is to increase their enjoyment of exercise because it makes such a big difference when it comes to other areas of their lives!

The fact is that regular effective exercise will improve concentration, enhance enjoyment of other hobbies and motivate children throughout their formative years – it’s so important!

Children’s Bootcamp: Who loves Star jumps?

I must admit I am a huge fan of star jumps – they work your shoulders, legs, Back and of course your heart. There is nothing better than getting your heart rate up for boosting your metabolism and burning fat.

To perform the Star jumps safely;

  1. Start with feet together and hands by your side
  2. Now jump both feet out to the side and raise your arms out to the side until your hands are just above shoulder height
  3. Finally return your feet together and hands to your side
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for 60 seconds!
Why not have a family competition and see who do the most in 60 seconds? or who can go for the longest.
Here are some tips to help you along the way:
  • Try to move your arms and legs in time
  • Make sure your hands are raised above shoulder level
  • There are huge benefits when performed correctly

Why send your children to my Kids Fitness class?


Children get enough exercise just being children, surely? Well, sadly no they don’t. Childhood obesity is on the rise and many children do not achieve the minimum recommendation of 60 minutes of moderate physical activity per day every day.

As an adult, we all know about the risks of being inactive (increased risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, osteoporosis, overweight, diabetes ) and these risks may seem so far away for our children. But physical activity in children is about building good foundations which will reduce the chances of these issues ever occurring and making exercise a habit that will see our children through the rest of their happy and hopefully health lives. It’s up to us to get our children moving and make it fun – so sign up today!

email me at miller82uk@yahoo.co.uk to book your child on my next course starting on the 13th November. I hope to see you there!