I hear on a regular basis the health benefits around physical activity. When you work in the sport and fitness industry these messages are key for us as there is so much evidence emerging about the benefits of remaining active (and we are all advocates for exercise). But how can we encourage and educate people to get our message across and explain that physical activity really does help?!
Swimming and time in the water is one of the best experiences you can share with your baby! Babies have a real affinity with water, having spent nine months growing in the aquatic environment of the womb, and many mothers choose a water birth as the most natural welcome to this world. Water is known as a warm, helpful environment during labour and offers a natural transition for the baby to the outside world.
I’m a people person. Yes, I know that sounds like cheesy management speak but it’s true. I’m far more comfortable getting out and about, talking to staff and meeting people than I am being holed up in my office for hours on end – doing my chief executive type stuff! Although it might also be down to a profound dislike of paperwork.
While many of us see the outdoors as the perfect place to go for a walk or run, or burn off some energy with the kids, not many people see it as the chance to workout – with most reserving that for the gym.
Holding onto the treadmill is always wrong, regardless of your size, age, experience, weight or exercise goals (save for momentary heart-rate check).
Many people don’t realise the importance of drinking enough water and the effect it can have on our health, eating habits and weight loss. Recent studies are showing the importance of hydration and even stress how drinking 2 cups of water before a meal can help dieters lose up to 5lbs more in a year and maintain that healthy weight loss. Water speeds up our metabolic rate and can helps stop over eating. Got your attention?
Children learn in many ways and learning is a continuous process which continues throughout all our lives. Therefore, repeating and the development of skills throughout a swimmer’s life is vital for learning. For example, log rolls and pendulum rotations become forwards and backwards rolls and then tumble turns for a competitive swimmer and running on the spot (in water) becomes treading water with breaststroke legs, a vital personal survival skill and water polo skill.
As it’s the International Day of Friendship on 30th July we are focusing on the importance of having a training buddy. It is great to push yourself to achieve your personal goals, but having someone there counting on you to show up really helps.
No parent cuts out meals for their child through choice. They do so because they have no choice.
We’re a nation of tennis-lovers – each summer we’re gripped by collective Murray-mania as we gobble down our strawberries and cream, dreaming we’re sat on Henman hill.