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Have a Green Gym Day!

June 6, 2013 in Children & Play, Community Issues, Events, Families & Children, Health & Fitness, Latest Articles, News, Sport

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When I was asked by our New York partner, Nancercize if I wanted to be involved in co-organising an international day to celebrate local parks and encourage more people to enjoy the outdoors, the yes came without any hesitation.

Part of what I do at FunMeFit is try to promote a healthy, active and largely outdoor lifestyle. What we and many more around the western world seem to be forgetting, worryingly, is that the outdoors is where our natural home is, it’s what makes us feel alive, it’s what we as human beings need – to be with nature and realise our place in it.

We can laugh at the television all day and think that’s ‘living’. Research shows that an increasing number of us are settling for a sedentary lifestyle and yes, it’s easy, it’s convenient and we feel we have everything we need in our gadget-filled homes. But what we are missing out on is the sense of being part of something bigger, something unpredictable and something that is more natural for our physical and mental well-being.

Some of us feel like caged wild animals when we spend too long indoors and that’s probably because we were outdoors a lot as children. If children don’t experience the outdoors enough, it’s been suggested that they grow up without a sense of belonging to nature and ultimately will not develop into a balanced and happy adult.

Since we live in cities filled with other people, cars, buildings and lots of noise, more often than not, our only opportunities to connect with nature are provided by our local parks and green space. Many of us spend little or no time at all in local parks, not seeing the relevance of them or the need for them.

So, whether you’re an outdoorsy person or not, give your local park a chance. Give nature a chance. Be part of Green Gym Day on Sunday and if you’re reading this, I’m not asking you to be in your park all day or to spend time there foraging for nuts and berries. I’m asking that you give your park a chance to show you what it has to offer. Take a walk, listen to your surroundings, play with your children, watch the birds, feel the sunshine (or rain) on your face and if you don’t feel slightly happier or you don’t see any benefits for your family at all then write and tell me.

If you support getting more people enjoying the great outdoors and want to be in your local park on Sunday, register what you’ll be doing and find a list of suggestions on the Green Gym Day Website. Join the movement, make friends with nature and celebrate your family and your local parks.

By Kate Hill, Founder of FunMeFit and busy mum of two little ones!

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Basketball Anyone? It’s for Charity

May 15, 2013 in News

Our Member Katie Robson writes:

“The Rise Up Charity Basketball Tournament is back for a second year and this time it’s 3v3. Last year’s tournament saw Team BC battle with twelve other teams to lift the trophy and the event raised £900 in aid of St. Luke’s Hospice and Weston Park Cancer Hospital.

This year’s tournament will be on Sunday 2 June at Goals (All Saints School Basketball Courts). There will be an Under 18s tournament from 11am-1pm followed by an open tournament from 1-6pm. Both tournaments are mixed and open to all abilities, the emphasis is on fun and raising money for St. Luke’s.

St. Luke’s cares for people throughout Sheffield who have incurable illnesses by aiming to control their symptoms, alleviate pain and give them the best quality of life – all free of charge. To do this means that in this financial year alone they will need to raise more than £4.5 million of the £7.5 million total income required.

The cost to play in the tournament is £20 per team and all proceeds will be donated to St. Luke’s Hospice. A team must consist of four players, if you need help finding a team the Rise Up Facebook group might be helpful. Entry for spectators is free of charge but donations to St. Luke’s will be gratefully received.

To enter please email Katie Robson at riseupcharity-bball@yahoo.co.uk with a team name and the names of four team members. The deadline for entries is midnight on Monday 27 May though entry will close before this date if the maximum number of teams has been reached.

Entry fees must be paid on the day but other donations would be gratefully received at http://www.justgiving.com/charitybball

Date and time:

Sunday 2 June 2013. Under 18s tournament from 11am-1pm. Open tournament 1pm-6pm.

Venue:

Goals (All Saints School Basketball Courts),

95 Norfolk Park Road,

Sheffield,

S2 2RU”

We’re looking to put a team together for this. Last year we raised over £90 for this event so if you’d like to be part of the team, let us know info@funmefit.com! You don’t have to be a Basketball pro – just come and have some fun!

Healthy Fun at Halloween (Read if you dare!)

October 27, 2012 in Regular Updates, Uncategorized

FunMeFit Love Halloween! We’ve got a few ideas to make Halloween extra fun and scary too – a bit of scaring is great for kids and their overall health and well-being!

Remember, Halloween should be a time of fun and play for the kids as well as a time to eat lots of sweets!

Here are some great scary play ideas for you to plan:

1. Play ‘Monsters in the Dark’ – turn all the lights off in the house, capture one of the kids and keep them in one room with you and pretend to sleep – the other kids have to quietly rescue the prisoner without waking you up! If they wake you, chase them! It keeps their hearts & yours beating fast!!

2. Trick or Treat Football – When you’re out with them Trick or Treating, take a football too and have a scary costume football game with others who are out! Use your sweetie bags as goal posts!

3. Have a fun Halloween Dance Off – with family and friends. Play classic tunes like Micheal Jackson’s Thriller and see who’s got the best and most Zombie-like moves! This may be dad’s chance to shine with some embarrassing ‘dad dancing!’

Tell us your fun healthy Halloween Tips! On FunMeFit, Facebook or Twitter.

Have a super scary and ghoulishly healthy Halloween!