There are many people who still question the importance, and value, of having kids and teens take vitamin and mineral supplements. You can get everything you need from a good diet they say. And maybe, years ago, that was true. But in today’s world there are a number of good reasons why such supplements can be pretty beneficial to your child’s overall good health, especially if they are gymnasts. Here are just ten of those reasons:Read More >
Looking on the bright side of things is certainly not always easy, and it can often be very hard in fact. Keeping a positive outlook intact when there always seems to more month than money, when the kids are running you ragged, or when your romantic life is more than a little rocky is no easy task.Read More >
Every parent, especially the parent of a young gymnast, wants to try and ensure that their child eats the healthiest diet possible. Great nutrition is a key component in the health and success of any athlete, but it is especially important when that athlete is young and still growing and developing.
Ask most health professionals, nutritionists and dietitians and they will tell you that added sugar is the single worst component of the modern child’s diet. It can lead to weight gain, even obesity, early onset Type II diabetes, an increased risk of heart disease and more. And worse still, it has absolutely no nutritional value to offset those excess calories. And yet as added sugar hides in all kinds of foods and beverages, and, let’s face it, most of us are very fond of at least the occasional sweet treat, can we really blame our kids who do too?Read More >
For children of all ages – boys as well as girls – gymnastics can be a great way to develop all kinds of physical, mental and life skills. It can also be an awful lot of fun and a great way for kids to socialize in a safer environment. Unfortunately some parents are put off the idea of enrolling their kids in a gymnastics class and encouraging them to take the sport seriously because, over the years, gymnastics has developed a reputation as a rather expensive sport.Read More >
Young gymnasts perform some amazing feats every time they step into a gym. However, as back to school time rolls around again and a new school year begins young gymnasts begin trying to master a balancing act that has very little to do with a four inch beam; balancing their school work with their athletic commitments.Read More >
While there are still a few more weeks before the long summer vacation ends, back to school time really isn’t too far away. And whether you are a parent, a kid or maybe even a grandparent, it’s a time that can be as stressful as it is exciting.
Back to school time brings with it lots of changes, and lots of chances to experience new challenges. That’s why it’s a great time to refocus and you do not even need to be a student to benefit from that mindset.Read More >
Whether you’ve been with your significant other for a year, ten years or even longer, date night is a ritual that should be regularly observed. And we know, this is hardly news to most of you as practically every relationship expert ever repeats this same snippet of advice over and over again. But for parents, often even getting to make it all the way through watching a TV show together without interruption can be hard, let alone actually getting to do something as ‘frivolous’ as head out to a movie that does not feature a talking pink pony or a sparkly vampire as a main character.Read More >
Fruit is – or should be – a staple of the summer diet of both kids and adults. Especially active kids whose bodies tend to crave snacks to gain more energy. Fruits can be added to salads, eaten alone as a refreshing alternative to standard snack foods and even added to the plain water everyone needs to be drinking to remain properly healthy and hydrated to give it both a flavor and a nutrient kick. And have you ever tried grilled fruit on the BBQ? Totally delicious.Read More >
One of the biggest reasons many adults don’t stick to their workout routines is pure boredom. This is not that hard to understand. It can get extremely boring walking endlessly on the same treadmill at the gym or running the exact same route around your neighborhood day after day. People who tend to stick to their exercise routines are those who are actually having fun and mixing things up a bit.Read More >
It’s a common enough scenario. You pick up the kids from their gym, dance or cheer class and they’re hungry. And it’s getting late. And everyone, you included is a little tired and hangry. So, a stop to pick up fast food is certainly a tempting idea for a busy parent. But is that ever a good idea, especially for the athletic child who usually maintains a reasonably good diet?Read More >