Inspiring future athletes at the Muller Anniversary Games

You could feel the anticipation and excitement in the air as the children gathered on their school playground. Reporters and camera crews milled around waiting for the doors to open. Then a cheer went up from the children as a door swung open and their heroes walked towards them. Gearing up for the Muller Anniversary Games It was 2012 and my new baby was just eight weeks old. We bundled her into a baby carrier and packed so many items of baby equipment you could have been forgiven for thinking we were going away for a month. We’d been lucky…

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5 health benefits of open water swimming

Monday mornings have never been my friend. Waving goodbye to the weekend and embracing chaos, stress and work has never been my thing. But recently, something changed and they are now my favourite part of the week. Why? Because for the past few weeks I’ve been swimming in a local river every Monday morning. And not only have my Mondays improved, but my entire week. Before telling me I must be mad, have a look at the amazing things open water swimming does for you. I’ve also interspersed a few photos of the places I’ve swam in recent years. Because…

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Open water swimming in the UK

This is a collaborative post.  Swimming in open water is a risky business. In the sea, there are tides to think about. In rivers, you need to be careful of the current. Take a dip in a lake and you never know the depth – watch out for the temperature too, lakes can be bitterly cold. But given the right safety precautions and equipment, open water swimming has some fabulous benefits. Why open water swimming? As a child, I used to swim – a lot. For many hours each week, I’d plough up and down the pool and we’d race…

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FourFit health band review

Fitness is a bit of a bone of contention around here. Not so many years ago, my husband and I would run, swim, cycle, do triathlons and play water polo. He also played rugby and squash. And unusually, the desire to exercise is still there for us both. But recently, it just hasn’t been possible. So, reluctantly, I have to accept that a health band is currently perhaps more useful to me than a sports watch. The FourFit health band After a slightly worrying health check a few months back, I started to take more of an interest in my overall…

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Keeping up the chaos with vitamins for children

The house was quiet first thing in the morning. The dog danced around on the wooden floor but there was a certain emptiness that was unusual for our chaotic home. For the first time ever, the children weren’t there. The joy of chaos That night, the girls had stayed with their granddad. I went about my day as normal. Working, walking the dogs and preparing for the afternoon. And before I knew it, they were back. We sprang into action. Running around the house getting ready. Shoes on, coat on and out of the door. Autumn makes me feel like…

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Fit to Dance with Disney on Ice Passport to Adventure

One of the strangest things about being a parent is that you don’t really know your children. I see them every day, but kids are so different when their parents are around. This week though, I got a little insight into the way my girls behave when I’m not there. Fit to Dance Disney on Ice Fit to Dance was created to inspire children to get active through storytelling and dance. If you’re going to watch Passport to Adventure, you can arrive early to take part in the Fit to Dance pre-show warm up. The resources are also available online…

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Learning to swim with Rebecca Adlington and Baby Annabell

I watched my little girl sitting nervously on the poolside of her first swimming lesson. Her sister was by her side as always. They kicked their legs on the side of the pool and before I knew it, they were all getting in. She looked around for reassurance before following her sister into the water. And what could be more reassuring than Rebecca Adlington coming over to help her? Building water confidence We’ve been swimming regularly with our girls since they were just a few weeks old. But that doesn’t stop Lia from being a bit nervous. She loves to…

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