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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at

Can a Healthy Lifestyle Lead to a Good Education?

Did you know that by encouraging your child to eat healthy foods, get more sleep and take part in more physical activity, you could help to improve their education? That’s right; research suggests that healthy students are better learners, and poor nutrition and unhealthy lifestyle choices can have a negative impact on academic achievement.

To help you build a healthier lifestyle for your family and in turn give your child’s development a boost, here are some great tips from Mill Hill School


Make breakfast an important part of your family’s daily routine. We all know how easy it is to skip breakfast when you are rushing around in the morning, however skipping breakfast can affect your child’s concentration an energy levels at school. By starting the day with a healthy breakfast your child will feel the benefits, both mentally and physically. To get the most out of breakfast, try to choose foods that are rich in fibre, protein and B vitamins. These will all help the body and the brain to function at their best throughout the day.


Try to be a good role model for your child and demonstrate a healthy lifestyle of your own. Make healthy choices including a healthy diet and regular exercise. Walk to school instead of driving and introduce regular exercise into your child’s weekly routine, such as swimming or dance.
Regular exercise will not only help them to maintain a healthy weight and fight off diseases, but research suggests that children who are physically fit perform better at school.


Water is essential to your child’s health, as well as their learning abilities. Even the mildest form of dehydration can affect your child’s cognitive performance and mood. Encourage your child to stay hydrated, both at home and at school, by giving them their own refillable water bottle. If your child dislikes the plain taste of water, you could try adding some sliced fruit to give it a sweeter flavour.


This final tip may sound obvious, but getting enough sleep is vital to your child’s academic success. Your child may think that staying up late to revise before an exam will increase their chances of success; however it could actually do the opposite. Sleep improves your memory, increases creativity and aids your concentration levels. During sleep your brain absorbs the information you learnt while you were awake, so the more sleep you get the longer your brain has to process all this information. Encourage your children to go to bed at a decent time each night and you will find they wake up feeling much more alert and ready to learn more!

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