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Keeping your child active at home

We all know that staying active is great for our bodies and our minds. This is true at any age but it is especially important for children as they grow and discover the world around them.

In our survey of children aged 7 to 11, we found that 65 percent of children wanted to do more exercise with their parents. So while families face the challenges that come with staying at home, now is a great time to find new ways to make sure everyone gets the exercise they need.

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Fun through movement

Fun through movement

With our current restrictions, children will naturally be down on their daily dose of movement.

It’s known that exercise improves the flow of blood to all parts of the body, including the brain, encouraging children to learn and concentrate. It supports maintaining a healthy weight and helps build strong bones, muscles and joints, while boosting the immune system. Exercise can reduce stress, releasing endorphins which help us feel happy.

When we spoke to children aged seven to 11 years old, 77 percent of children said they enjoy sport and exercise because ‘It’s fun’.

Fun through Movement

Children’s healthy development has always been at the heart of everything we do, as footwear influences how a child’s whole body develops. We’ve worked with Brytespark, experts in biomechanics and physiotherapy, to devise a series of fun, interactive interval training routines for children. The 5-4-5 programme is designed to get children of all ages fit and active - it’s free and can be done in a short space of time at home or in the garden.

The Rite workouts

These short, but high intensity workouts, will keep children’s feet active and minds healthy. Taking inspiration from High Intensity Interval Training, these workouts have been designed especially with growing bodies in mind.

Called 5-4-5, these five minute routines deliver many of the benefits of 23 minutes of aerobic activity. Each includes five intervals; a warm up, high activity, low activity, another high activity and a cool down - that lasts for five minutes. The routines have been designed for three age groups: preschool children aged five and under, primary school children aged five to nine, and older children aged 10 plus. For the younger children the routines are more story led, to keep them entertained and focussed throughout the session. Toddlers are included too with a series of fun, short stretches for little ones that mobilise joints, loosen muscles and nerves and increase blood flow.

Doing two routines a day will deliver many of the benefits of 46 minutes of aerobic activity, getting everyone closer to reaching the Government’s 60 minute target of exercise for children aged five to 18 years.

A note of caution. The ease at which children can complete the full routine, will depend upon their current fitness level. If your child wants to give these routines a go but is not used to aerobic activity, we recommend that you take this slowly and build up to completing the full five minutes. The risk of injury while doing a routine is very low, but if your child wakes up with sore muscles the following day, they’ll be less likely to want to give it another go.

The Rite Way To Get Toddlers Moving

The Rite way to get toddlers moving

All children enjoy using their bodies and the more chances you give them to move, the happier and healthier they will be. Any parent of a toddler knows that they especially love to move (and wiggle, stomp, stretch, jump).

Movement helps toddlers develop motor skills and supports their bone and muscle development. It enables them to establish a healthy sensory system so they can process the world around them. Being physically active supports their attention and learning span and helps them in developing social skills. It can also aid better sleep.

For many toddlers, movement can be restricted by long stretches in car seats or safely strapped into buggies when out and about. And now, we are all spending long spells of time indoors and at home.

We challenged Brytespark , a team of biomechanists and physiotherapists, to devise a short routine of stretches and movements for toddlers that will mobilise their joints, loosen muscles and nerves and increase blood flow. The stretching exercises they’ve devised will help to improve your child’s flexibility, allowing muscles and joints to bend and move easily through their full range of motion, helping them to stay mobile and active.

This short “Toddler Stretches” routine takes less than five minutes, is simple and easy to follow. Click here to watch the video.

Toddler stretches

Suggested stretches – repeat each stretch six times

Toddler Stretch 1 - Twist

Arms out to the side and twist from the waist from side to side.

Toddler Stretch 2 - Squat

Legs shoulder width apart. Squat down and lift arms above head.

Toddler Stretch 3 - Lunge

From standing position, lunge to the side, lift arms above head

The Rite Way to Persuade Pre-Teens and Teens to Keep Moving

The Rite way to persuade pre-teens and teens to keep moving

Got a sofa sloucher at home who loves digital devices?

With fewer daylight hours, colder weather and less opportunity to get outdoors than our last lockdowns, it feels like there are a lot more hours in the day for children to entertain themselves.

Children up and down the country are spending prolonged periods of time staying still, many hunched over desks or dining tables, trying to get schoolwork done on screens instead of in classrooms.

When a child’s movement is limited, it can affect muscles, joints and posture and become a precursor for problems as they get older. A child’s gait may not mature till the age of 13, so during school age, children need effective stimuli to help muscles and bones develop healthily.

Children can get themselves into poor positions when they play on gadgets or are completing school work online and this can put stress and pressure on their joints and ligaments which can also cause muscle spasms. It is therefore important for growing children not to stay static, but to move and change position every 10 to 15 minutes.

We’ve worked with Brytespark, a team of registered biomechanists and physiotherapists, to help understand things a little better. In this short film we introduce the positions children should avoid and how to adjust them. There are also some quick stretches and movements that will mobilise a child’s joints, loosen muscles and nerves and increase blood flow, helping them to stay healthy and happy.

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