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Why Teaching Kids How to Move Has Become Essential

Although it may seem a bit counterintuitive, we must teach kids how to move. Humans are born with the capacity to move, but not the skills to do so. Think about swimming the front crawl as an example. Most of us are born with the ability to stroke the water with our arms, kick our legs and turn our heads to the side, but we have to be taught these skills in order to be able to swim. The same is true for all “movement skills” that we believe are...

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What makes trampolines so great for your kids

Do your homework! Brush your teeth! Eat your vegetables! It’s exhausting always having to tell your kids to do the right thing. Wouldn’t it be great if there was something they wanted to do – something they loved that was actually (gasp) good for them? Parents, meet your old friend and new ally … the trampoline. Read more...

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12 reasons yoga is great for kids

The first time I brought my older son Dylan to yoga it was for babysitting purposes. I admit it. I wanted to get my workout in and give my husband a break at home. He often cares for my kids when I am out working long hours, so he deserved it. From the very first class though, Dylan was enamoured. He was thrilled to have learned tons of new ‘poses’ and was eager to show me. He was 2-years-old at the time. It’s now almost two years later and his...

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Yoga for Kids

Yoga for Kids

It is well known that Yoga is good for us adults. It helps clear our mind, releases tension, improves flexibility, builds muscle strength, perfects our posture and the list keeps going on. So when Mel from Twisting Peacock Yoga in Osborne Park contacted us about trying out a kids yoga session, we jumped at the opportunity. With two very active children, who only ever slow down and breathe deeply when they are sleeping, I thought that it was going to be a rather challenging and interesting experience for both them...

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Kids’ screen time, inactivity, and the growing ‘sleepidemic’

Canadian kids are experiencing a ‘sleepidemic’. Through a vicious cycle involving too much sedentary screen time and too little physical activity, new research suggests that Canadian children and youth are now facing a third health risk—too little sleep. The 2016 ParticipACTION Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth discusses issues and challenges in getting Canadian kids to engage in physical activity. It covers categories such as active play, physical literacy, and sedentary behaviors and assigns a letter grade to each. For the first time, the 2016 Report Card has...

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