5 Healthy Habits for the New Year

Eat the rainbow

This may sound silly, but it is a wonderful and fun way for the whole family to eat more veggies and fruits each day, fill out your nutritional needs and avoid the less healthy options. You can challenge the children to track which colours they have eaten and which of the others they still need to try to eat. You could even put a rainbow on the fridge that they can tick off or colour in as they eat them.

Get outside

The benefits of stepping outside everyday are numerous. One of which is Vitamin D (yes even at this time of year) which will improve your general mood, energy levels and increase your immune health.

So get outdoors as a family more this year and reap the positive side effects. All our FIT, Mini and Baby FIT classes take part outside which gives you the added benefit of being outside in nature while you exercise too.

Electronics free night

In the modern world, where we depend on our digital devices for work, socialising and education it can be difficult to switch off and be present in the moment with each other. Why not try one night a week to make the household an electronics free zone, go back to old school methods of reading a book, playing a board game or simply sitting around the table and discussing the peaks and pits of our day.

Have a laugh

Whether simply having a laugh with family and friends or taking time to see a funny show, read a hilarious book, or listen to a funny song, laughter has real health benefits. Every time you giggle, it releases endorphins and creates a sense of well-being. This year remember to see the light-heartedness and find the funniness in all of life’s situations, even the stressful ones!

Start a new activity

New year, New activity. This year add something new and exciting into you and your families’ routine. How about try a class with us at Family Inspired Training or something else in the area. Let us know what fun stuff you get up to!

5 Easy Craft Ideas for Halloween!

 

Next week we are running Half Term Mini FIT Holiday Clubs with fun Halloween themes. The children will take part in a mixture of indoor and outdoor Mini FIT activities, games, arts & crafts and more. For a sneak peak into some of the fun crafts in the camps take a look at this blog post or if you can’t make it to the holiday clubs why not try some of these at home!
Even tiny hands can make these Fun Halloween decorations—with supervision from Mum or Dad, of course.

Paint your own Pumpkin

Carving pumpkins can be a bit of a chore at Halloween so why not try this super fun and simple way to decorate your pumpkin. Using marker pens or paint you can your little ones can design anything they like on their pumpkin without all the faff!

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Happy Halloween Selfie Sticks

This is a fun easy craft to do with your little ones. Print or cut out different Halloween themed images like signs, bats or ghosts. Stick them to wooden kebab sticks or lolly pop sticks and use them for fun Halloween selfies or stick them into cakes or vases as decorations.

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Spooky Cookies

Yummy cookies cut into spooky shapes!

Cookie recipe

  • 225g (8oz) butter, softened
  • 110g (4oz) Caster sugar
  • 275g (10oz) Plain flour

Optional

  • Add one teaspoon of spices (cinnamon, mixed spice, ginger, etc)
  • 75g White or Milk chocolate chips
  • Coloured Icing pens

Method

  • Preheat the oven at 170C or gas mark 3.
  • Cream the butter in a large bowl or in a food mixer until it is soft. Add the sugar and beat until the mixture is light and fluffy.
  • Sift the flour into the mixture and add optional ingredients. Bring the mixture together until it forms a dough.
  • Using a rolling pin on a lightly floured surface roll out the dough and use Halloween Cookie cutters to cut out spooky shapes. (This is especially fun for little hands and also works on their fine motor skills).
  • Bake them in the oven for around 15 mins until they are golden brown and slightly firm on top.
  • Place the cookies onto a cooling rack and leave them there for around 15 mins.
  • Once cool use the optional icing pens to draw fun and colourful Halloween creations on top!

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Funky Table Decorations

This one is really simple and fun, especially if you are having a Halloween party. Get some different Halloween themed table toppers like streamers, confetti and some different coloured paper. Green, orange and black and work together with the kids to create a spooky and creative table decoration.

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Autumn Leaf Art

This one is super simple and gives you a fun reason to get outdoors exploring!

Go for a walk as a family and collect lots of Autumn leaves, twigs, acorns etc. Then simply create your own Autumn Leaf art when you get home. Another fun idea is to print off different Halloween or Autumn colouring pages and use the leaves to fill in the images.
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BIG Benefits of Extracurricular Activities for Kids

A new school year is here – and we are a few weeks in already!

Can you believe it? Nope, not us either.

Whether your child is school aged or not, now is a good time to start thinking about which extracurricular activities you’re going to enrol your child in. Extracurricular activities outside of the home and classroom provide children of all ages a multitude of benefits like socialisation, physical activity, and so much more.

Read on to check out 4 of the BIG benefits extracurricular activities can give your child

 

Routine

Consistent, scheduled extracurricular activities help children anticipate what will happen next. This provides a sense of security, control, and confidence. For young children, involvement in extracurricular activities also provides structure to prepare them for nursery, school and beyond.

Socialisation

For younger children, extracurricular activities, like Mini FIT or other sports and clubs, provide an opportunity for children to develop and grow important social and communication skills. For older children, extracurricular activities help to strengthen communication skills and build friendships.

Skill Development

Extracurricular activities allow children to explore new interests and skills which can help them find things that they are passionate about. This could be an affinity for a specific sport, playing an instrument, or even an interest in art. Developing new skills, and discovering those you like, can help build confidence and self-esteem.

Active Play

Many extracurricular activities are movement based, these can include team sports, or classes like Mini FIT. Activities that include physical activity not only help to keep children healthy, they have also been proven to help children achieve better performance in the classroom.

It’s important to let your child explore a wide range of extracurricular activities to help them find which activities they like best. This will help them learn a multitude of skills and will set them up for success later on in life!

Here at Family Inspired Training we offer Family fitness classes where you can get and keep fit and bring the kids for their own Mini FIT class, as well as Mini FIT Holiday clubs (next ones will be this October half term on the 22nd,23rd and 24th October and we will soon be running after school Mini FIT classes too!

 

Get in touch for a FREE intro visit or to book onto our holiday clubs. 07544119467 or email familyinspiredtraining@gmail.com

 

Benefits of Getting the Kids in the Kitchen!

Getting dinner on the table can be a major feat in every busy family. Often we banish the kids from the kitchen so we can cook in peace. But this week (seeing as it is the Easter holidays which hopefully means we have a bit more time) why not get your kids to help with the cooking.

 

Here at Family Inspired Training we want to motivate and inspire you to be the healthiest and happiest version of you. I know that sounds cheesy but it is true.

Ever heard the phrase, ‘Abs are made in the kitchen?’ – well it is true, although we don’t think it is so important to have ripped abs, but it is important to eat a healthy, varied and nutrient dense diet if we want to see health & weight loss results. We also want our kids to grow up with a positive and healthy association with food.

 

An obvious way to keep yourself and your children fit and healthy is by cooking and eating real food. Cooking has many long-term benefits for children including increased confidence, improved reading and maths skills, and it sets an example for a healthy lifestyle!

Check out these 6 ways cooking can that help enhance your child’s development

 

It creates interest in food and cooking

Children who are involved in the creation of their meals are more likely to eat their meals (we’re looking at you, picky eaters!).

 

Cooking helps to build important maths skills.

Almost every recipe requires accurate measuring and counting. Give your child a task by having them count how many eggs go into the pancake recipe, or how much oil goes into a batch of brownies. This can be a fun cooking game that will help children learn basic counting, addition, and even fractions.

 

Improves comprehension and reading skills.

Reading a recipe, understanding step-by-step instructions, and comprehending exactly what whisking, blending, or folding means, are not only an important part of the finished product but it also promotes literacy and listening. Start with easy recipes for kids where they can ‘own’ as much of the process as possible.

Builds confidence and self-esteem.

Giving children the opportunity to be involved in the completion of a meal helps to provide them with a sense of accomplishment. If they successfully (or unsuccessfully) boiled and mashed potatoes, created a personal pizza, or helped make a special dessert, let them know what they did was important and that it helped. Child development and the feeling of success go hand in hand.

 

It sets an example for a healthy lifestyle.

Cooking is a great outlet for talking about body wellness and the reasons why we need to eat healthy foods. Inviting children to be involved in grocery shopping, meal preparation, and cooking fosters healthy habits that have lifelong benefits!

You’re able to spend quality time together as a family.

With school, work, and extracurricular activities, it’s difficult finding time where the whole family can be in the same room at one time. Make an effort to cook together a few times a week, check out some cooking games for kids, and spend quality time conversing, learning, and eating together!

 

After you and your little ones are nourished from your kitchen adventures, come and see us at FIT & Mini FIT sessions. Adult group exercise classes and kid-focused activities are the perfect way for you to continue to be a positive healthy role model for your kids! Sessions re-start after the Easter Holidays on Monday 9th April.

Music, Movement & your Child’s Development!

Children in the early years learn BEST by ‘doing’!

Music and movement gives your child active involvement in developing their vocabulary as well as teaching them many skills and concepts. Do you remember learning rhymes or songs to help you with spelling at school? Songs and activities through music and movement, support children to learn and develop.

Here’s how…

Builds Vocabulary

Words that describe movement are a fundamental part of language. Therefore, to increase a child’s movement vocabulary is to better that child’s overall vocabulary and confidence with both speech and the movements themselves.

Here at Family Inspired Training movement vocabulary; words that describe actions, space, energy and time, are incorporated in all our Mini FIT classes. We use music, skill and exercise names and teacher cues every class so that the children are always learning that movement vocabulary. Repetition is the key of learning after all!

 

Integrating Music, Movement and Academic Curriculum

Music and movement supports the school curriculum from preschool onwards.

We incorporate counting, phonics and other educational themes and topics in our Mini FIT sessions, for example we’ve covered themes such as ‘Count with Me’ and ‘Amazing Alphabets’. The activities use a variety of sensory models, equipment and creative teaching styles to cater to all learning types and engage the children to keep movement and learning fun!

 

Confidence & Happiness

I’m pretty sure if you speak to any parent about what they want for their kids, being happy is always going to come top. One of the main reasons we use music with movement in Mini FIT sessions is because music and movement are fun, and they make kids happy and feel comfortable and confident inside and outside their classes.

 

Become a more efficient and confident mover

Music helps children to develop rhythm, timing, balance, coordination and endurance.

Ever played musical statues? Don’t undervalue games like this for your child’s development. They are learning self-expression while moving their bodies, developing listening skills when having to stop for musical or spoken cues and building core strength and balance when changing directions suddenly or holding a body position when ‘freezing’.

By using music, children are learning to move and moving to learn at the same time!

 

Success and Accomplishment

Our ethos here at Family Inspired Training is to offer children the chance to move &  exercise whilst doing activities that are non-competitive and non-comparative. Each child can experience success at her/his level of development.

During our class activities children complete tasks as a team or when doing skills and movement individually the children get positive reinforcement as well as giving them ways they can develop specific movements and skills. “I love the way you kept your feet together when you jumped, can you try bending your knees and jumping even higher next time?”

Using music and this style of teaching gives children the chance to feel success and accomplishment in their movement which in turn leads to a healthy self-image.

If you want to learn more about what we offer here at Family Inspired Training check out our other pages or request a FREE introductory session through Facebook or emailing familyinspiredtraining@gmail.com.