• Hardwiring health into your children.
    November 30, 2023
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER We put our Christmas tree up this week in a tradition that involves me sweating buckets as I dust off and drag out boxes of decorations from the garage. Frankly, it feels pretty weird. For this Seattle USA born and bred girl, watching Santa turn up in boardshorts on […]
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  • The Key to Our Children’s Health and Wellbeing: Confidence
    October 30, 2023
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER Building confidence in our children was so easy at first, wasn’t it? When they’re babies and toddlers, we can dish out smiles and praise for anything from holding a fork to waving hello. But as they develop and begin to interact with others (not just doting parents) that self-esteem […]
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  • Championing the Champions: MyFirstGym and Barnardos Australia.
    September 14, 2023
      This month MyFirstGym is aiming to inspire movement in a different kind of way. It’s an issue close to our hearts and one we know many in our community are passionate about too. In a perfect world, every child would have the opportunity to access programs like ours, but not all do due to circumstances outside […]
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  • Why is exercise important for neurodivergent children.
    August 30, 2023
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER   MyFirstGym on any given day can be a busy, loud and dare I say, even chaotic place to be. There’s music playing, excited shouting and laughter, kids jumping, balls flying and coaches exercising control and encouragement over it all. For parents of neurodivergent children, the very thought of […]
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  • Tech-Driven Fitness is the Future at MyFirstGym.
    July 28, 2023
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER   MyFirstGym is proving that wearable smart technology isn’t just for adults and elite athletes. We’ve developed the MyMovementBuddy, Australia’s latest fitness technology tailored specifically (and safely) to kids, and it is a game changer. Designed for children and families, and developed purposefully to inspire more movement, the MyMovementBuddy […]
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  • How much exercise should your child do?
    June 25, 2023
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER 180 minutes.  That’s the amount of time children under five years of age are supposed to be engaged in physical activity each day. Three hours. Not even the first Avatar went that long! For children under 17 years of age, the Australian Government Department of Health recommends a more achievable benchmark […]
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  • Why kale is not essential to your child’s wellbeing.
    May 30, 2023
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER   Wellbeing is big business. From chia seeds, kale and kombucha, to digital detoxes and facial yoga (it’s a thing!), the pursuit of wellbeing has infiltrated our lives, our screens and our wallets. For our kids, it’s a little less in your face (or neck savasana), and you’ll find […]
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  • Motivating my kids to be active: why we’ll be going for a jog this Mothers’ Day.
    May 1, 2023
    WORDS BY ERICA NEWTON, MYFIRSTGYM CO-FOUNDER  This Mothers’ Day I’ll be taking my kids for a jog. And no, not because I’m the co-founder of MyFirstGym or because I’m training for some ridiculously long Ironman (that’s Dan’s department! (here)).We’ll be working those leg muscles because I need to show them how to do it. I mean, yes, they can run. Gah! […]
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