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.read more
As the evenings close in around us, it can be increasingly difficult to get children outside and so burning off that excess energy takes a little more effort. Animal walks are something you can challenge your child to do in the smallest of spaces! (And I challenge you to do them too!)read more
Last weekend, the 12th and 13th May, RINKA, was amongst a host of celebrity presenters at Irelands leading health and fitness event, WellFest. Alongside big names like Joe Wicks (aka the Body Coach), Davina McCall, The Happy Pear and Kathryn Thomas, I was there with...read more
I am often bewildered to hear about the comings and goings of the kids that come to my classes weekly – they have far busier social lives than I do! Getting your kids involved in afterschool activities is fantastic for their little minds and bodies but often there is...read more
The clocks change this Sunday bringing in longer evenings and (hopefully!) milder weather so now is the time to make sure the kids get outside and reap the benefits of fresh air and outdoor play.read more
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!
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?read more
Watch Video below RINKA, the innovative system of children’s fitness, is to feature on RTE’s hit TV show NATIONWIDE. RINKA is all about teaching kids that fitness is fun. The emphasis is on inclusion and participation. The kids don’t need to excel, they just need to...read more
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.read more
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.