Why Exercise & Wellness are Best Mates!
In today’s show we speak with Sharon Flanagan, founder of Fitness for Kids about why it is so important to do some form of regular exercise to keep not only our bodies, but our minds healthy too.
Sharon explains how important it is to get small amounts of regular exercise and how even if you don’t really like sports, there are loads of other ways to get enough exercise to keep you fit and well…including something called Movement Snacking! Sounds yummy!
Buster and Buddy were amazed when Sharon told them that exercise is so powerful that not only can it make a person feel less pain, but doctors around the world are now prescribing exercise instead of medicine to help patients suffering from certain diseases!
She gives Buster and Buddy loads of great ideas for ways to make sure they get enough exercise and how to make this as much FUN as possible!
Listen to the show to hear what Sharon teaches us, as well as lots of other fun stuff, like …and kids telling us their favourite jokes in Tickle Your Funny Bone!
And remember to Stay Healthy, Stay Happy and Stay Well!
Michelle and her team have a collective 50years experience working with kids as teachers, entertainers and parents!
Thanks to Zapsplat, Audio Jingle and Alexander Korotkoff for the sound effects and music.
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GUEST OF THE DAY
Sharon Flanagan (Walsh) the founder of Fitness for Kids. Her two greatest passions have always been working with children and exercise. She has many more now, including her 3 little girls, husband and dog Cooper. From competing in Irish dancing for 13 years to loving long walks anywhere especially Howth cliffs and taking part in Crossfit, she always remains active. Running after a toddler adds to that!
Sharon has spent over twenty years working with children to include owning and running her own creche and also being a nanny, this led her to combining all her passions to make a real difference in children’s everyday lives. In today’s world many children spend too much time being sedentary having too much ‘screen time’. Fitness for Kids aim to get kids moving more and enjoying exercise all in a positive fun environment. We base each class on physical development first while incorporating intellectual, language, emotional and social development.
Fitness for Kids make fitness a part of life and sets children up on their fitness journey. We work on teamwork, co-operation, friendship and self-confidence. We encourage fun, games and activities to keep the children motivated and having as much fun as possible.
Fitness for Kids caters for EVERY child. It is not just for the sporty, confident kid. Our main focus is bringing out the best in each child. We encourage only positive outlooks on fitness and fun is key to every class.
Our motto is from Baby steps to giant leaps. We start with each child at the very beginning and bring them to whatever giant leaps means to them. Every child is an individual as is their program.
MINI MINDFULNESS MOMENT
Louise Shanagher is a children’s therapist, mindfulness teacher and trainer.
Louise has a BA and MSc in Psychology and further qualifications in Play Therapy and Mindfulness.
She is the creator of the “Creative Mindfulness Kids” method and has trained hundreds of people to be children’s mindfulness teachers.
She is the author of six books: The “Mindfully Me” series, Ireland’s first series of mindfulness books for children and the “Kindfully Me” series and the co-author of Ireland’s first mindfulness curriculum the “Mindful Heart” curriculum.
Louise is passionate about promoting positive mental health for children and young people. She believes that all children should get the opportunity to learn how to practice mindfulness and self-compassion and believes that these practices will help children lead happier, healthier and more fulfilling lives.