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FITNESS TIPS FOR BUSY PARENTS

Written by RACHEL LIVINGSTONE

The start of a new financial year may have you reviewing the family budget, among other things. What better time to also take a look at how you can improve your family’s health. Here are some helpful hints that you can put into practice today.

Keep your values in mind

Goal setting may be something you leave to athletes and company bosses, not do around the dinner table with your kids. However, equally effective is regularly reminding yourself that health and fitness are intrinsically linked to your core values – ‘I go running twice per week, so I have the energy to be a great parent’. You can also pass this important message on to your kids – ‘I play ball with my kids in the park, so they improve and can enjoy the game more with their friends’. Living by a value of health and fitness can enhance the physical and mental wellbeing of every member of the family.

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BALANCE – WORK IT IN THE GYM OR LOSE IT IN LIFE

Written by RACHEL LIVINGSTONE

Balance is defined as ‘an even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady’. It can also be said that if you don’t use it, you lose it. But that doesn’t mean you can’t regain it with a progressive training program, like Sylvia did.

Balance is something you take for granted until one day you try to do something you haven’t done in a while and you realise it’s harder to balance than it was 1, 5 or 10 years ago. Balance is something you learn as a child as you learn to walk, play hopscotch and run along the top of walls. The active part of childhood cultivates great balance and gives you lots of practice. With the onset of ‘technological childhoods’ this may now be on the demise – but that’s another story.

In adult life you rarely do things that further cultivate or indeed maintain this ability, unless you opt for a balance related sport, or dance on tables in high heels on a regular basis. Balance is a skill you can and should, work into your exercise program, early and always. But if you haven’t, it’s never too late to start.

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