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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A new era for chlorine resistant swimwear

When I look back at my childhood, most of my memories involve swimming. That was my sport. Training sessions took place once or twice a day everyday. Before school, after school and at the weekends. Hours and hours of swimming up and down the pool. Racing, representing the club or the county. Up and down, up and down. And the number of swimming costumes I used to get through doesn’t even bear thinking about. When history repeats itself A few weeks ago, I filled in a form on my old swimming club’s website. They take children from five years old…

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The power of sport

This is a collaborative post. The weather wasn’t the greatest on Tuesday and Lia and I ended up watching some television after lunch. As usual, she asked to watch Paw Patrol and I grumbled a bit and turned it on for her. But then something brilliant happened. Something went wrong with Netflix and Paw Patrol froze. As I was trying to get it back for her, I flicked the channel over to Wimbledon. And miraculously, Lia decided she’d rather watch the tennis than Paw Patrol. I’ll take that as a parenting win. A few facts about Wimbledon Wimbledon is where…

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10 tips for running in hot weather

On Sunday, I embarked on a bit of a mega run. It was nothing like the distance I did last year in the Gower ultra, but it was the furthest I’d run in a long time. Seventeen and a half miles to be precise. And it was hot. So before I went, I did a bit of research to find out the best way to tackle distance running in the heat. Here are my top tips. 1. Do it This is the big one for me. If I hadn’t made an arrangement to run, I wouldn’t have gone when I realised…

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The health check

I’ve battled with myself over whether to write this post. It is, after all, the ultimate in over-sharing. The last thing you need to read about is the excess lard around my waist. And yet, it seemed like the right thing to do. To be honest, put myself out there and say that keeping in shape as a parent is hard. But it’s never too late to do something about it. A wake-up call I know I’m overweight. I feel fat, frumpy and disgusting and none of my clothes fit. But somehow, hearing it from someone else hits harder. Last…

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My love hate relationship with cycling

This is a collaborative post. I remember having my first bike as a child. It wasn’t much of a bike, a second hand monstrosity with a broken seat that my dad had mended with building foam. But nonetheless, I learnt to ride it and eventually graduated to a slightly larger second hand pink bike. It was here that my love of cycling started – and ended. The accident Well by adult standards, it wasn’t a proper accident. But to me as a six year old, it was nothing short of a disaster. I got on my pink bike on our little road…

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