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A mum’s life is a busy one and squeezing exercise into the day is a challenge we all face however being active from the very beginning will not only help mum’s physical and mental health, it also has a ripple effect on the entire household encouraging the whole family to be more active too!   Tips for mum's with kids in the following age groups:   From PREGNANCY to BIRTH The rule of thumb is to maintain your current physical activity when you fall pregnant. Avoid contact sports, exercises lying on your tummy (and back) and be weary of unstable joints however exercise is...

Children who exercise are more likely to maintain an active lifestyle as an adult, but what children want to consciously 'exercise'? It's hard enough for some adults to find the motivation, but as adults we become more aware of the importance of moving, and the implications of the risks when we don't move our bodies enough. Exercise should be enjoyable (or at least we shouldn't hate it) at all ages, but it's especially important that children enjoy moving to build long lasting habits and help them achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Regular physical activity also helps build and maintain...

Do you know of someone that has Autism? Whether it be a family member, a colleague or a friend. Exercise has been shown to help with Autism. What is Autism? Autism is a complex neurobiological, developmental disorder that is typically diagnosed in childhood and often lasts throughout a person's lifetime. The characteristics of autism include an impaired ability to communicate and relate to others socially, a restricted range of activities, and repetitive behaviours such as following very specific routines. What has the research shown? It has been shown that vigorous or strenuous exercise is associated with decreases in stereotypic (self-stimulatory) behaviours, hyperactivity, aggression,...

Fueling an active child (or children) can be an ongoing challenge for parents. Even your afternoon welcome can often feel more like a police raid - rummaging the cupboards and fridge for anything they can get their little hands on. So how do you fuel Master 11’s insatiable appetite? Or Miss 15’s heavy training year? Here are 7 top tips to help fuel your growing, active kids to keep them happy, healthy and performing at their best.   1. On your marks. Set. Go. Kids need proper fuel to help them train and compete at their best. At the foundation of any pre-exercise fuel, should...

Keeping count of daily steps and boosting physical activity can really pay off for children with type 1 diabetes, according to new research from the University of Adelaide and the Women's and Children's Hospital.   Exercise & Sports Science Australia (ESSA) Executive Officer Anita Hobson-Powell said with National Diabetes Week taking place between 10 and 16 July across Australia, the findings provided a timely reminder for both type 1 diabetes patients and the broader population to get active. For the first time, researchers have shown that children who have type 1 diabetes can improve their cardiovascular health, simply by taking an extra 1000...

We all know the rhetoric. “Back in my day, kids were kids: they swung from trees, played contact sports. They bumped their heads and got straight back up. They were more resilient, both physically and mentally.  But then technology caught up with us, and now all they do is play video games” One in six young Australians are currently experiencing anxiety, and suicide is the biggest killer of young Australians. So why is it that kids are suffering similar mental health issues that were previously reserved for adults? Here’s a bit of science for you, most people have heard of endorphins. The “feel...

Every day we read articles about how exercise is good for the body and can help add years to our life. Yet, how often do we think about the non-physical effects of moving?   By taking time to exercise more, we can help build better relationships with your partners, children and friends…how? Read on. 1. Reducing Your Stress   Exercise is so important when it comes to maintaining a good level of mental health. As the body moves, we release endorphins which make us feel good and helps combat the effects of stress and anxiety. The equation is simple. More exercise, less mental health issues, happier relationships.   2....