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Utilising the Feel-Good Factor Associated with Exercise

The stress-relieving benefits of exercise for adults is well documented and discussed and we all know that a long walk, swim or exercise class will have us feeling like new after a long, hard day. However, this ‘feel-good’ aspect of sport and exercise is rarely discussed from a child’s perspective. In fact, we don’t appreciate anywhere close to enough, the daily stresses and pressures in kids’ lives. These need to be released in a positive way if we are going to encourage positive mental health in our next generation.  

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Beating Boredom with Bubbles and Balloons

Children are blessed with a natural curiosity and an imagination that we as adults have forgotten. Giving them the opportunity to develop both attributes is something we should strive for – they are, after all, what childhood is all about!
But how about tying this together with some energy-burning too? Two birds with one stone so to speak! Well I recommend you break out two old reliables – bubbles and balloons, and get set for an afternoon of giggles!

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Your child is not a puppy, don’t reward with food!

We are teaching children that sugary snacks = rewards for good behaviour. To reduce the sugar in children’s diets the first step must be breaking the association with reward.

What else can you offer as a reward or as an encouragement? How about creating a star chart. There are lots of printable designs online. Every time your child does something deserving of recognition they receive another star on their chart. Once they have collected ten stars they get to have a friend over for a play date or maybe they get to stay up a little later or have a day off from their chores?

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We’re taking to the Road!

The RINKA ROADSHOW 2018 launches on April 16th, with the first stop being Longford.

The aim behind the ROADSHOW is to introduce our positive message about health and fitness to school kids who don’t have RINKA instructors in their local areas. We will be visiting as many schools as possible and giving them the chance to part-take in a RINKA workshop completely free of charge.

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Our RINKA Buddy Bench Adventure in Athlone

On Monday, I was so lucky to spend the day with our Athone instructor, Sandra, delivering our fabulous RINKA BUDDY BENCHES to four of the local schools and what a heart-warming day it was! We were welcomed with open arms into every school we visited, and were over-whelmed by their enthusiasm and time they’d out into preparing for our arrival.
On each visit to the schools we delivered a session on friendship, teaching the kids the RINKA Friendship Chant and doing some simple visualizations on how it feels to be lonely vs how it feels to have friends. The insight we gained from the children we talked to was humbling. Our message on the day was simple – for hearts to be happy they need both fitness and friendship.

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