Virgin Active Fit for Kids – Active Crew

Last weekend my daughter was taking part in a fitness class specially designed for children. The classes, or 'programmes' are running in selected Virgin Active fitness centres throughout the UK, as well as in schools and communities,  and we were invited to their North London centre to experience them first hand!

I am a firm believer in kids taking up sports, it doesn't matter what type, just as long as they are doing something on a regular basis. I've always thought it benefits all aspects of a child's life from building confidence to increasing concentration levels in the classroom. Some children though, aren't so keen on regular sports so finding some from of exercise they will enjoy can be difficult.

That's where the Active Crew programme comes in.

Aimed at 8-15 year olds, and brought in association with renowned fitness group,  SAQ International the Active Crew programmes bring a mixture of fun and movement in a relaxed environment, there's no pressure involved, just an enjoyable class where you can work at your own pace towards gaining Crew Skills! The specialist coaches support kids through a term long course of weekly (or more) classes to help improve fitness levels, learn teamwork and build self confidence.

Virgin Active Crew

First up the coaches got the kids warmed up with some fun exercises using all the latest training techniques and innovative equipment, improving basic skills like running, catching and throwing, as well as increasing their strength, ability and core fitness. All of the children enjoyed this immensely. The coaches, I have to say were incredibly motivational... everything was made fun which meant the children forgot they were exercising completely!

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Virgin Active CrewMy daughter getting stuck in!

The whole session was very much centred around a team camaraderie feel. The coaches were all in the mix too, shouting encouragement and supporting at all times.

A big part of the programme has been developed by the founder of the ZUU Chimps, Australian fitness expert Nathan Helberg. The ZUU Chimps was originally an extensive adult fitness regime but Nathan has tweaked it to bring the values into children's fitness. This definitely brings another fun factor into the mix with the kids being positively encouraged to let their hair down and be more animal, as in walk like a gorilla and jump like a frog to name but a few of the moves they all carried out... (hence the name, ZUU Chimps!)

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virgin active crewThe wonderful and inspiring Nathan Helberg

The Active Crew course evolves and develops as your children progress, even including aspects such as eating healthily and keeping fit for life.

I think it's an amazing programme, but the proof was in the pudding as every one of the kids that joined in with this class absolutely loved it! They were all smiling and full of beans afterwards, simply buzzing.

Virgin Active CrewAll the kids from our session with one of the coaches as well as Nathan from ZUU Chimps and SAQ International Director Alan Pearson

My daughter wants to carry on with this so I will be booking her in for a course in the new year..... it has also inspired me to get more active again too, so after Christmas I'm going to get the whole family involved and join our nearest Virgin Active Centre.... there is so much fun to be had and being fit and healthy is such an important life lesson to teach our children.


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The Inner Me Diaries – A Review

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A while ago I wrote a post about embarking on the Inner Me Vitamin Challenge! I was only a week or so in at that time and I talked about how I was finding the whole 'taking supplements every day' thing.I reported that although I was slightly apprehensive at first, it was in fact, incredibly easy to integrate them into my lifestyle.

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The product I was testing was The Hectic Years... designed for women over the age of 30. In regards to the benefits of taking the Daily 4 Me (The Hectic Years), the supplements include tailored ingredients, designed to energise and support women like me, who have very busy lives. Each individual supplement has its own benefits:
  • The multivitamin and mineral supplement involves the energy releasing B vitamins and Vitamin D for healthy bones
  • The high strength Omega 3 fish oil capsule helps to maintain a healthy heart
  • The Lactospore Complex capsule is full of natural ingredients and antioxidants
  • The Co Enzyme Q10 capsule helps for glowing and youthful looking skin
I have been taking the supplements for six weeks in total and have now finished my challenge. I've already noticed a change in my energy levels since I finished the course and now I want to order some more.

I would 100% say that the vitamins improved my wellbeing. I go to bed late most nights and even though I'm always tired, I did notice that I wasn't feeling as sluggish as I normally do, in fact, the late night weren't affecting me nearly as much as they did prior to taking them. My skin felt more hydrated, and even though it's difficult to say whether it's purely because of the supplements, since I've finished them my skin feels noticeably drier again.

What I absolutely love about Inner Me is that there is a mountain of resources on their website, which not only enables you to find out about all the fabulous products, but there is a whole lifestyle section too, giving lots of hints and tips on how to make the most of your health. There are even recipe suggestions to maximise your wellbeing. It's a beautiful website giving so much inspiration, be sure to head on over and have a look for yourself!

As I mentioned in my previous post, Inner Me was created in 2012 by founder Nikki Cooper who, in 2009, was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and embarked on a quest to find supplements that would optimise her health and wellbeing. Bewildered by choice and not finding anything she could relate to, the idea for Inner Me was born. Following extensive research, Inner Me was launched, changing the days of monotonous and daunting supplement products forever.

Nikki CooperNikki Cooper

As well as Nikki Cooper, the founder and inspiration behind Inner Me, the supplements are also recommended by a team of experts on health, beauty, wellbeing and nutrition:

  • Amanda Hamilton: nutritionist, and respected personal health commentator
  • Abigail James: skincare and wellness industry expert
  • Camille Meskill: top fitness professional
  • Elaine Slater: psychologist and consultant therapist for the Priory Hospital and London Fashion Week
All the products are manufactured in the UK and are free from preservatives, artificial sweeteners and colours. They are stocked Nationwide in all major outlets but the easiest way to buy is to order online, and with prices starting from as little as £14.99 for a 4 week supply, you can't go wrong. You can even subscribe, which means every month a delightful package will be delivered to your door and you'll never run out!
The Inner Me supplements arrive in a beautifully wrapped package, very lovely and girly!

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Now, as promised in my last post, I am offering YOU, my lovely readers, an exclusive discount! 
Buy one month's supply of Daily 4 Me (The Hectic Years) and get one month's supply free!
To claim the exclusive discount, all you need to do is enter the code MummyE when at the check-out on (see screen shot below to see exactly where the discount code needs to go)
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I would love you to give the Inner Me range a try, and see the benefits for yourself. Then come back and tell me all about it!

I have really enjoyed this challenge. Not only does taking the supplements mean your body is receiving all the necessary nutrients it needs, because let's face it, busy lives mean we are not always focused on what we eat, but it inspires you to try and be fit and healthy in other ways too. I know I have become more concious of exercise and drinking more water, to work alongside the supplements, boosting their effects.

We all need to do what we can, we owe it to our families to be as healthy as we possibly can be 🙂


Bio Oil Review and Giveaway

I don't know about you but I like to moisturise every time I have a shower or bath and I even though it's boring and wastes precious time, especially when the morning rush is on, if I don't slap the cream on my skin feels terribly dry. I don't really mind which body cream I use, I'm not particularly fussy. In the months after Christmas I end up using the lovely smelling ones I've received as gifts, then if I have to buy it I usually just go for ones that are easy to apply and easily absorbed, I don't have time to be waiting ages for it to dry before I can get dressed!

I'm always up for trying new or different products so when the lovely people at Bio Oil asked me if I'd like to review their famous product I jumped at the chance!

I must admit I've never used it before so it was a great opportunity to try it out. I know all about it though, I've seen it in the shops and read the articles in the magazines but I have always thought it's for problem skin or stretch marks... I believe it is the 'miracle product' for stretch marks and it is recommended you start using it twice a day from the start of your second trimester if you're using it for this reason. However, even though I've got four children I can happily say I managed to avoid stretch marks with all of them, I don't have problem skin so I genuinely thought I had no need for this oil really.

When I delved a bit deeper in preparation for this review I can see Bio Oil has many uses, on the bottle it says it is 'specialist skincare for....

  • Scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Uneven skin tone
  • Ageing skin
  • dehydrated skin'

So, goodie, dehydrated skin... that's what I'll use it for!

Bio Oil Review

The oil is made up of mainly plant extracts which give it that unique floral scent, which IS quite strong but doesn't linger and is actually rather nice. It contains vitimins and minerals as well as oils, of course but the formulation has the special PurCellin Oil which apparently changes the consistency to make it less greasy, therefore allowing the skin to absorb more of the beneficial vitamins and minerals.

I have been using the oil for over a week now and although the directions of use on the bottle state you need to apply twice daily for a minimum of three months to see results, I am already noticing it's moisturising benefits.

I have mainly been using it sparingly as a body moisturiser but paying special attention to my neck and chest, as I'm noticing signs of ageing here, and also on my feet (this hot weather means my feet need to be gloriously soft and smooth before being paraded around in sandals and flip flops!)... and the feeling of my skin being hydrated all day is fabulous. To the touch, the skin on my neck and chest feels as though I've just moisturised right at the end of the day, when in actual fact, it was applied early in the morning.

The formulation IS oily but not overly and it does absorb quickly but not fully, which I like and my skin needs. My skin feels completely nourished and very soft.

Obviously I haven't been using it long enough to be able to say if I've noticed any significant changes to my skin but if my skin feels nice and hydrated then I'm happy. I will continue to use it and judging by how little I need to use each time I apply, I can see my little bottle lasting for quite some time, which is a bonus!

Do you use Bio Oil?

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Disclaimer: I was sent a bottle of Bio Oil for the purposes of giving an honest review



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