Top Ten Tips To Get Your Child Fit & Healthy over the summer holidays

  1. Get your child to YogaBugs. YogaBugs is great exercise for all children and fully inclusive for children of all abilities with different classes for various age groups. YogaBugs not only works the body but also develops concentration, self-esteem, literacy and numeracy. YogaBugs uses yoga as a medium to tell stories and inspire children. Please click here to find your local class
  1. Eat slowly and in moderation. In a day and age when nearly a quarter of children are obese or overweight, this is really important. Control portion sizes and you will be able to continue to offer a wide variety of food. Also make sure they eat slowly. This will allow their brain the time to realise they are actually full.
  2. Get a minimum of eight hours sleep. Sleep shall help your child keep to the right weight. Sleep will rest their metabolism and prepare it for burning fat the following day.
  3. Give them a choice. Turn the television off but then give your child a choice of activities. This leaves them feeling empowered and more inclined to join in the physical activity because they have actively chosen it.
  4. Get dancing. Use your love of music to get your child active. Have lounge discos and they will be getting exercise whilst having loads of fun and bonding with you.
  5. Involve their friends. Children are far more likely to be active if they are playing with their friends. Just make sure the games consoles are out of reach.
  6. Ditch the car. Walking to and from shops and parks in the morning is not only great for the environment, it makes sure your child has done some physical activity before they have even truly begun their day. It won’t hurt you either.
  7. Turn TV commercials into fitness breaks. Nobody really likes it when adverts ruin their favourite show. Invent funny names for simple exercises like squat thrusts, press-ups, and sit-ups, and then do them together till the show comes back on. This will really add up over the course of the day.
  8. Get charitable. Exercise for exercise sake can be difficult to motivate yourself for never mind your little ones. Yet, it becomes far easier with a focus. Sign up for a charity fun walk. Children have great empathy and they will love being able to help those less fortunate and will be proud to tell their teacher and class mates when they go back to school.
  9. Get them in the garden. Love it or hate it there is no doubt that gardening is good physical exercise for everyone. Get your children involved and not only will they be doing something healthy they will also be learning new skills.

We hope that you have found this information useful and it has excited and motivated you to take the next steps for yourself and your child to keep fit and healthy over the summer holidays.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to attend a free taster session please visit: www.yogabugs.com.

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Eating healthy over the six weeks holidays.

During the six weeks of summer holidays, children will tuck into 126 meals before they go back to school.

Fast food is a big part of modern life these days, making it incredibly hard to teach a child how they should eat healthy. The cheapest and easiest foods are those that are normally the least healthy for us.  If you give your child the choice between healthy food and junk food, you are more than likely not like the results.

Even though it isn’t possible to get a child to like all healthy foods, there are some ways to get your child/children to try and hopefully like at least a few of them during the holidays. You can be as creative as you like, getting kids to eat healthy foods can be a little harder than people think.

Here are some great ideas to make eating healthy fun for your child/children.

  • Sneak the healthy food in.  Even though it would be great if your child to understood the importance of fruits and vegetables, this isn’t always the case. If you can’t get them to eat good food willingly, there are ways to sneak them in, such as making
    muffins out of bananas or apples, or pizza with spinach on it, or blending vegetables into mash potato.
  • Call fruits and vegetables by funny names.  You can refer to broccoli as “trees”, making them more fun to eat. There are many different names you can call fruits and vegetables, even making up your own if you prefer. Majority of children prefer to eat foods that sound fun.
  • Try to make the foods taste better. Ranch dressing is great for broccoli, while peanut butter is a great topping for celery. There are several combinations for vegetables that can make them taste much better for children. You can let your child pick a topping for a vegetable; even if it’s something you wouldn’t normally like yourself, they will think this is fun and will make them want to taste it as they have chosen what to out onto it.
  • Dress the vegetables and fruit up.  Just as much as calling them names help children eat healthy foods, making them look funny also helps. You can do this by making funny designs on the plate, or setting them up to look like people.

 

For example you could draw a funny face onto a banana skin and call the banana ‘Barry the banana’. Although some parents don’t like their children playing with their food, sometimes it helps to get them to eat healthier.

There are several ways to make your kids eat healthier, but in order for them to enjoy it also has to be fun as well, this means the parents interacting with them and making it fun.

Getting children to eat healthily isn’t always an easy task, because children usually don’t like foods that are good for them. It can however, be done with a bit of creativity and fun. Hopefully, doing this will help your child develop a love of healthy foods for the rest of their lives.

Coming up with delicious dishes every day is hard, especially when kids can be such fussy eaters.

 

Please click here to download our Fun and Healthy recipes to try with your child at home.

To find your local YogaBugs class or to enquire about joining our team of talented franchises please visit: www.yogabugs.com / www.yogafranchises.co.uk 

New Statistics from the BBC reported that half of the UKs young children are not getting enough exercise!

The University of London monitored 6,500 children in order to find out how active children in this country really are and shockingly 51% of children are still not getting the recommend one hour of physical exercise each day.

These statistics suggested that 38% of these were girls compared to 63% for boys.

Here at YogaBugs our aim is to introduce and encourage children from the moment they can start walking to get active through our unique yoga inspired classes.

YogaBugs – Stretching the imagination.

We pride ourselves on helping to educate children along with their parents/carers into the importance of living a healthy lifestyle – eating right and getting enough exercise, no matter how old they are. We offer diet and nutritional information to our parents along with classes that can be done together at home click here to view a sample. Researchers from UCL suggested in their study that it is vital to make sport and other activities more attractive to children, in particular girls.

And that is the beauty of YogaBugs; our classes bring stories to life through specially developed moves inspired by yoga. Combining fun with exercise, children from a young age go on wild adventures where they may roar like a lion, fly like a bird or blast into outer space!

Our unique yoga programmes are suitable for children from walking age – 12 years, encouraging both girls and boys to participate together. Our classes help increase children’s confidence and concentration by encouraging them to be vocal during classes, by expressing their emotions physically and through specially developed yoga-inspired moves that help children to focus.

All children can do YogaBugs to their own ability, they don’t need to be fast, have good hand to eye co-ordination or to be physically fit, all they need is bags full of energy and imagination.

Dr John Middleton Faculty of Public Health said;“We need our children to grow up to be fit and healthy adults, not just because it’s what any civilised society would want for its children, but it’s also best for our economy too”.

Prof Carol Dezateux, one of the lead authors of the research then went on to say;“There is a big yawning gap between girls and boys. We need to really think about how we are reaching out to girls. Our findings are particularly worrying as seven-year-olds are likely to become less active as they get older, not more, no matter what gender.”

The research then went on to explain in order for children to achieve the one hour a day that is recommended, children need to take part in moderate or vigorous activities, which could include anything from brisk walking and cycling to playing football or rugby and running.

This is where YogaBugs is making a difference!

Our yoga programmes have been developed with the help of yoga professionals and individuals experienced with working with children, to help instil a love of exercise from a young age with a big emphasis on the children having fun in a YogaBugs class, as well as getting them active at the same time.

The UCL research is not the first to suggest that children of this generation are not active enough. Previous studies have relied on self-reporting by children or parents/carers estimating the levels of exercise which is not precise. Whereas this research by UCL involved real-time monitoring of the children as they wore and accelerometer to measure the exercise levels, this was attached to an elastic belt around their waist.

Dr Ann Hoskins, of the Public Health England added; “This study highlights that there is still much to do to keep children and young adults active as they grow older.”

At YogaBugs we couldn’t agree more and as a company we are actively seeking individuals who are passionate about yoga and want to help us get kids active, to join our network of talented franchises.

For information about our franchising opportunities and to see if your area is available visit our website www.yogafranchises.co.uk

Sources from: www.bbc.co.uk/news

Summer fun with a sparkly explosion

Hi folks,
Amy here I am writing the blog today, with the kids breaking up from school this week, sometimes finding fun and imaginative things to do can be a hassle. That’s where I come in to help!

My Niece Olivia has been asking and asking to do some fun science experiments that sparkle and explode. Which I don’t mind as who doesn’t want to make things explode, takes me back to when I was at school in science class, hiding behind the desk while my science teach put mentos into a Pepsi bottle and watched it bounce around the room. But don’t worry this little experiment isn’t as messy! I hope you have as much fun as we did!

Supplies you need for a sparkly explosion.

  •  Vase
  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  •  Food colouring (we used red to make it look like an explosion)
  • Glitter (we used blue to make it stand out from the red)
  •  Pan or box to contain the mess
  • Other supplies (look at step 4)

The 4 easy steps

  1. Place 2-3 tablespoons baking soda in the bottom of the vase and then place the vase in the pan/box.
  2. Add 6-7 drops of food colouring and 1-2 teaspoons of glitter (colour of your choice).
  3. Quickly pour in half a cup of vinegar and watch out for the sparkles!
  4. When all the action is over, why not repeat the experiment but this time let your child choose what to add. What does pepper look like in an explosion instead of glitter? Does adding salt change anything? Let your child or sibling change the variables and before you add the vinegar to make it explode, why not predict what will happen and see if anyone guesses right!

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Enjoy watching your little ones faces when they see the explosion, they will be sure to want to do it again and will keep them occupied.

I hope you have enjoyed reading this blog, stay tuned for another great idea to do with your kids over the summer term.

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