Blogs: Fitness for Families

S.M.A.R.T ways to keep on track with your fitness goals this year

fitness goals

Let’s get S.M.A.R.T with goal setting this year. A reliable way to help you achieve your fitness goals is by using the S.M.A.R.T model.  Continue reading »

Active Christmas gifts for the whole family

Active Christmas gifts

Yes that time of the year is upon us again. Yaay! I love this season. The summer brings the promise of warm weather and the longer days give us time to be outdoors. Continue reading »

Keeping active on holiday

Keeping active on holiday

In my previous post, I talked about some ideas for active Christmas gifts. Now that you have your gifts sorted, where are we heading for the holidays? The beach, lake, holiday park, bush? Wherever you head here are some ideas for keeping active on holiday. A great time to pull out all those active gifts you received over Christmas. Here I will list ways to be active when camping or in the bush. Continue reading »

Fitness Fun for Families


As parents we often find ourselves revisiting activities we did as a child. We’re talking about, swingball, scooters, hydroslides, cycling and adventure playgrounds. I am sure you could think of others in this category. It’s not often that we stop to think about the fitness benefits of these common family activities.

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Motivation for mums and mini-mes

Makaia active families

I constantly hear protests from mums who say they don’t have time to exercise – that they’re exhausted by the time the kids are in bed and don’t get enough sleep to give any up for exercise! Yet there’s a reason it’s called running around after your kids – being a mum can be surprisingly good exercise, if you just change a few things and incorporate exercise into time spent with your kids. Continue reading »

Out and about family activities

Learning Maori

Feel like your family is stuck in an exercise rut and need some ideas other than a visit to your local school playground or park? We rarely think to act like a tourist in our own city, but there are plenty of interesting things to do if you give it a go. Continue reading »

Getting teens active with the family


Prying older kids away from television, phone and computer screens can be a difficult task at times; especially when you’re trying to do it so they will participate in activities as part of the family. Continue reading »

Fitting in fitness


Often there are not enough hours in day to get everything we have to do for others completed, let alone even contemplating having some time for ourselves for things like fitness and being active. Continue reading »

Five fitness changes for more effective results

  • Make your workout schedule realistic

You need to be able to repeat it; again, and again, and again.

It’s always tempting to head into a full on routine in order to get results fast but it’s all about making your plan fit in with your life so that it doesn’t get pushed to one side when everything goes pear shaped. Continue reading »

Kids and snacks


There are some alarming reports on childhood obesity and the long-term impact it’s going to have on our kids’ lifespan, health and the nation’s wallet.

It’s easy to think that we are somehow damaging our children in the long-term by some of our food choices.

Just like an hour in the sun is not going to give you skin cancer an irregular dash to a fast food chain for a snack is not going to make your child obese.

All things in moderation is the key.

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