Top 10 Fitness Trends for 2018

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January is the time of New Year resolutions and new beginnings. Hence, it is the perfect time to start a new fitness regime or reignite an old one. We thought you’d like to read all about the hottest fitness trends for 2018 as surveyed by The American College of Sports Medicine.

(Don’t forget to label all your kit from trainers and yoga mats to water bottles and skipping ropes with our extremely versatile stickers which will stick on virtually anything). If you need to order some iron-on or stick-on nametags then you can design and order your own set here.

 

 

 

1. HIIT image of weights

High-intensity interval training has remained at the top of the pile as it is uber popular in gyms all over the world. HIIT usually involves short bursts such as 40 seconds of high-intensity exercise such as running on the spot followed by a short period of rest such as 10 seconds. Most HITT classes are 30-45 minutes or less. It’s very easy to do-it-yourself at home too using an app which times you.

2. GROUPS 

No matter what your fitness level, if you’re in need of extra motivation group training is the one to go for. Take your pick from aerobics and spinning to even dance classes. Group classes have been around for a long time but it was only in 2017 that group exercise training made the top 20.

3. WEARABLES

Coming in at number 3, wearable technology includes a whole host of items such as fitness trackers, smartwatches, heart rate monitors GPS tracking devices, and smart eyeglasses (designed to show maps and track activity) that were introduced only a few years ago. Wear one of these devices and take your fitness up a notch! – Misfit, Apple iWatch, Garmin, EFOSMH, Pebble Time, Juboury, Samsung, Basis, Jawbone, and Fitbit. Take your pick!

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4. BODY WEIGHT

Body weight training appeared for the first time in the survey in 2013 and was in number 2 position for 2017. Although body weight or resistance training has been around for centuries, health clubs and gyms have made it popular around the world. It’s a very inexpensive way to exercise as most programs require minimal equipment.

5. STRENGTH

Strength training continues to be extremely popular in all areas of the health and fitness industry. Weight training has become more widely used than ever with men and women both young and old using them to improve or maintain strength.

6. EDUCATED, CERTIFIED & EXPERIENCED PROFESSIONALS

As more and more health and fitness professionals become certified it is easier to find someone who can help you get fit. Do your research and choose the person with the right training.

7. YOGA

Yoga has edged up the rankings to 7 from 8 in 2017. There are so many different types to choose from – Power Yoga, Yogalates, Bikram Yoga to name a few. The sustained popularity of yoga seems to be that it reinvents and refreshes itself every year making it an attractive form of exercise, says the ACSM. MNT - resistance

8. PERSONAL TRAINERS

More and more students are studying kinesiology suggesting that they’re preparing to move into the world of personal training. If you’re the type of person that needs motivating then one-to-one coaching is the one for you.

9. FITNESS PROGRAMS FOR OLDER ADULTS

With the baby boomers retiring there is a growing market of older adults who are retiring healthier than other generations. Health professionals are creating age-appropriate classes to keep older adults healthy and active.

10. FUNCTIONAL FITNESS

Fitness programs designed to complement your everyday life is important. It’s not just about looking good in your clothes, it’s functional – can you run after that child if they’re heading towards the road. Functional fitness trains your muscles to improve all aspects of everyday living including core strength, stability and balance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meet Our New Sport Icons

We had to let you know that we’ve got seven new sports icons for you! You can decorate your trainers, boot bags and even footballs and make sure they don’t get lost! Take your pick from general sports sportsman or sportswoman icons to ballet shoes, ice-skating or even fencing!

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We think your little ones will love these sporty icons. Pick either a boy or girl running with a ball, choose a typeface, colour and background and you are ready to go!

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Ice-skaters, whether it’s a regular thing or just occasionally will love the new My Nametags ice-skating boot icon. Our stickers will truly stick on anything from your boots to socks and jumpers.

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Maybe martial arts is your thing? Karate, Taekwondo or Judo. We think this martial arts uniform with a black belt will do the trick.

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We’ve added these gorgeous ballet shoes which we think will any fans of dance will love. Use them to stick inside your ballet shoes, on your ballet bag or even on the care label on your leotard.

badminton iconBadminton, as we know it today, was first played in the mid-19th century and it was first played at the Olympics in 1992. Don’t forget to label your racket, water bottle and shuttlecocks!

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Or perhaps fencing is your thing? Did you know that the sword is actually called a ‘foil’? And that fencing has been played at every Olympic Games since 1896?

 

 

 

Going Global Video Competition

My Nametags are delighted to have been announced as a runner-up in Google’s “MSMEs Going Global Video Competition”.

 

The competition was launched in partnership with The World Trade Organisation and The International Chamber of Commerce to highlight the importance of internet technology in developing our business. We have now sold our labels to 127 countries across the world from our base of eight, country specific websites.

 

Google’s competition attracted participants from all across the world, from the United States to Mauritius. Entrants included brands dealing in fashion, fruit and even banjos!

 

Find out more about the competition here: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news17_e/sbc_12dec17_e.htm

 

You can view our entry below:

 

Doggie Double Competition

In partnership with Battersea Dogs & Cats Home, we launched the #DoggieDouble initiative – to create the UK’s largest gallery of pets who look like their owners! We asked the public to share their ‘Doggie Doubles’ and ‘Kitty Clones’ with us on social media by using the hashtag #DoggieDouble

 

All pets, from dogs, cats and hamsters, to birds and fish… and even reptiles, were invited to join in the fun – the only rule is that they needed to be a dead ringer for their owner, or vice versa!

 

To celebrate our new range of Battersea nametags, we teamed up with dotcomgiftshop.com to give away a bundle of goodies worth £100 to one lucky entrant!  The prize included products from dotcomgiftshop’s pet accessories range – fun and colourful bandanas, collars, leads, and even socks for pets!

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The winner, Phill Worboys (above), was the entrant who had received the most votes by our Monday 13th November 2017 deadline.

 

We didn’t have the heart to throw away all of the lovely photos that we received, so please see a selection of them in our gallery below! Whilst the competition has now closed, if you would like to have your photo included in our gallery then please don’t hesitate to send them over to us at marketing@mynametags.com

 

WHY WAS THE DOGGIE DOUBLE INITIATIVE BEEN LAUNCHED?

We launched the initiative to show our support of the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home charity and the incredible work that the team there does for animals. The charity has taken care of more than three million animals since it launched in 1860. It now cares for over 7,000 animals every year. The core mission of the charity is to never turn away a dog or cat in need of help and we hope this fun initiative will remind people of the important work that the charity does.

You can see our full range of Battersea Dogs & Cats Home labels here.

 

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New Flag Icons

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Here at My Nametags, we’ve been busy working on new designs to offer you even greater choice for the back to school period. There might already be 1000s of options for customisation on our website, but now you can show off your patriotism in style with our collection of flag designs!

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We have launched a selection of international flag designs from across the globe, Belgium to Brazil. We’ve taken great care to include each of the home nations as well as Malta and Iceland – where we have a loyal following. If you’re based stateside, or just fancy adding some Hollywood glamour to your lunchbox, why not take a look at the Star-Spangled Banner?

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Followers of football, rugby or netball can show their love for the national teams with a circular flag icon. Our colour nametags are perfect for use on sports equipment so are a great investment for the start of the season to ensure that nothing goes missing. Sometimes leaving everything on the pitch isn’t a great idea…

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Leaving sports aside, if you or your little ones simply love where you’re from then there’s nothing better than our heart shaped flags to show off how proud you are of your roots. All of our new designs are available as both hearts and circles.

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View the full range and design your own set here!

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Win a Fun-filled UK Family Break with Parkdean Resorts

PLEASE NOTE THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED 

We’ve teamed up with Parkdean Resorts to offer a lucky winner a short break fit for the whole family at one of its 73* holiday parks in 2018.

The winning family could enjoy visiting Newquay in Cornwall and build sandcastles at the nearby golden beaches, White Cross Bay in Windermere to discover wildlife and go nature spotting by the surrounding picturesque lakes, or Grannie’s Heilan Hame in Dornoch to wake up to stunning views of the Scottish coast.

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Surfing fans will love Ruda Holiday Park on the stunning North Devon coast. Just steps from Croyde Bay and with its very own on-park surf school, it’s the perfect location for little adrenaline junkies and budding surfers alike.

Excite the children as February half-term dates are included in the prize package, meaning a getaway during the first school holiday of the year or a quieter trip as the warmer months approach can be chosen.

Back at base the winning holidaymakers won’t be short of activities to keep the whole family entertained, as a wide range of indoor facilities are available which can include swimming pools, soft play and amusement arcades, as well as cafes, restaurants, and Showbars which host nightly live family entertainment. Younger guests can join in with kids’ clubs too.

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There’s also adventure play areas, multi-sports courts, and nature trails to help make the most of the great outdoors if the sun is shining.

The prize is a three night weekend break (Fri-Mon), or a four night midweek break (Mon-Fri), to be taken during the 2018 holiday season, staying in a caravan holiday home at one of Parkdean Resorts’ 73* holiday parks, up to the value of £399. Five runners up will each receive two free sets of My Nametags labels.

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How to enter:

To be in with a chance of claiming this prize, just email marketing@mynametags.com with an email titled ‘Parkdean Resorts Holiday Competition’. Please note, this competition will close on 13th September 2017. Entries received after this will not be considered.

 

Terms and Conditions:

⦁ The winner is entitled to a three night weekend break (Fri-Mon) or a four night midweek break (Mon-Fri) staying in a caravan holiday home at one of Parkdean Resorts’ 73 holiday parks*, up the value of £399.

⦁ The holiday is to be taken during the 2018 holiday season subject to availability and holiday park opening dates. Exclusions include all school holiday dates, Bank Holidays and festive breaks except February half-term.

⦁ The winner must pay any additional cost of the holiday if the price exceeds £399.

⦁ The prize must be booked before 31st May 2018.

⦁ Any extras including pets, dining options, cots, bed guards and highchairs will be chargeable.

⦁ The winner(s) is (are) responsible for any expenses and arrangements not specifically included in the prize.

⦁ The holiday cannot be transferred to another person and the winner of the break must be the lead booker.

⦁ The lead booker must be at least 18 years of age.

⦁ The prize is non-changeable and non-refundable and no cash alternative will be offered.

⦁ Standard Parkdean Resorts’ booking terms and conditions apply – see website for details.

⦁ Only one entry per person per household is permitted.

⦁ *Gatebeck, Hawthorne Sands and Glasson Marina Holiday Parks are owner only parks meaning the winner’s holiday prize cannot be booked at any of these parks.

⦁ Ferry charge to and from the Isle of Wight is not included in the prize.

⦁ The winner shall receive up to three sets of My Nametags colour sticker labels and will be contacted by My Nametags to receive the designs for these no later than 11th October 2017.

⦁ Five runners up will receive two sets of My Nametags colour sticker labels each and will be contacted by My Nametags to receive the designs for these no later than 11th October 2017.

⦁ Please note that this competition opens on 06/09/2017 and will close on 13/09/2017.

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Our Eco-friendly credentials

Here at My Nametags we are constantly striving to be as eco-friendly as possible from encouraging our employees to cycle to work to heating the office with recycled water.

We know you love our labels but thought you might like to know a few of our eco-friendly credentials

 

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All of our labels are free from BPA and Phtalates which is better for children and also for the environment. As you know, the print on our My Nametag labels and stickers is extremely resistant. Our iron-on and stick-on labels will stay on and therefore won’t pollute the environment.

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Check out our new eco-friendly packaging! We thought you should be the first to know that we are going to upgrade our packaging. The pack that you receive your My Nametag labels in will be made of easily recyclable card instead of plastic.

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By labelling all your things from clothes and shoes to bags, pencil cases and mobile phones you are as a family much less likely to lose stuff. This means you can save the environment by not having to buy new items. This is especially true of easily lost items like water bottles. Our mantra is reduce your waste, buy less, reuse more because you have labelled your things!

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If you need labels we can get them to you super quick whether you choose stickers or iron-ons. My Nametags labels are bright, hard-wearing and waterproof. To buy and customise our labels go to www.mynametags.com to see our full range of designs and products.

 

 

Making Maths Fun & Practical for Kids

Without doubt the best way for children to truly ‘understand’ maths concepts is by using a very practical approach. This way you will bring maths to life so children can make sense of why the subject is important. Playing simple, fun games at home can reap benefits for your children in the classroom, teachers say.

Number Pairs/Bonds

Knowing your number bonds or pairs off by heart such as 8 + 2 = 10 or 16 + 4 = 20 is one of the key learning steps for your child, says Sarah Sinclair, primary school teacher. An easy way of reinforcing these are to make up a set of cards 0 to 20 and you can play all sorts of games. Memory games, snap, addition and subtraction, find the pair etc. Alternatively Sarah recommends Orchard Toys Magic Cauldron game.

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Times Tables 

Learning your times tables can be a real chore but this book is a classic and will teach your child while they colour. All the pictures hide a shape that can be revealed by colouring in the multiples of a certain number. Age 6+ The Multiplication Tables Colouring Book by Hilary McElderry.
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Division, division…

Division really means learning about sharing. One of the best ways to do this is to gather items you can use to count with such as grapes, conkers, cutlery, buttons etc. Then ask your child to share them equally between 2, 3 or 4 or more people. Make it fun by dividing up an apple or pizza and ask your child to share it. If there are any are left over this will prompt a discussion about ‘remainders’ and that not every number can be shared equally. Alternatively, there’s a great Pizza Fraction Fun Game you can play that helps with division and understanding the concept of fractions.

Pizza Fraction fun game

Weights & Measures

Quite possibly the best way to illustrate weights and measures is to cook with your children. My children from an early age have loved making cakes, getting out the scales and measuring the flour, sugar and butter. Even better once it is baked you can practice your division skills by sharing it out!

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Telling the Time

Simply reading a bus or train timetable can really help children understand the concept of time and the 12 and 24 hour clock. Or if you are in the car using a sat nav ask your child to work out how long the journey will take and how much longer it will take if you stop for 30 minutes etc. At home using a play clock can also help reinforce the concept of time. We love this one from Melissa & Doug Turn & Tell Wooden Clock.

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Shopping & Money

One of the best ways to introduce the idea of money is to talk about it when you go shopping. Get them to work out how much two items in your trolley will cost together. Ask your child to use their pocket money to buy something in a shop and work out the change as it all involves adding and subtracting and working out which coins/notes to use. All children love playing shops. Invest in a Pretend & Play Calculator Cash Register with Euro Money and you will have hours of fun.

cash registerWord Problems

Parents can help by breaking up word problems, perhaps by drawing a timeline or splitting it into bullet points, says Tash Rosin founder of Teatime Tutors. Even if your child is confident with their number pairs, presenting the sum in a word problem will add a whole different dimension. By illustrating the word problem you will be able to help your child spot which calculations they need to perform to solve the problem.

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Get Outside This Autumn

It’s so easy once the nights draw in to forget about the great outdoors but research has shown that spending time outside is very beneficial. Not only will you and the kids get some sunshine and stock up on vitamin D before the winter months, being with nature is known to help with everyday stress and anxiety.

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Here’s our round up of the best things to do outside this autumn.

 

Get Creative

Go for a walk and find lots of different autumn leaves on the forest floor. Try to find as many different leaves as you can and have fun identifying them all. Then take them home and use them to create your own art work from pictures with real leaves to forest creatures with faces or turn them into a forest crown.

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Build a Den

Kids love nothing better than creating their own woodland hideaway. Use branches, leaves and twigs to build a sturdy den. “Remember, never cut anything down or damage the wood to construct your den, says The Woodland Trust. Here their top tips for building the best den! 

  1. Find a good foundation – look out for a strong tree with suitable knobbly bits.
  2. Build your framework – find a couple of large branches and wedge them against the tree or use the trees branches instead.
  3. Build the walls – collect more branches and rest them against your framework. Pack them closely so they are strong and secure
  4. Protect from the elements – use smaller branches and twigs to cover your den. Push them into any gaps so that your den shelters you from the wind and rain.

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Clean a beach

Children love going to the beach and are often fantastic at picking up litter. Combine the two and find things to recycle on the beach. Or join forces with an organised beach and river clean. The Marine Society UK is organising the Great British Beach Clean over the weekend of the 15th-18th September.

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Make a Bug Hotel

You can attract beneficial insects and other creatures into your garden and add to garden biodiversity by building a bug mansion or even a more humble abode! To cater for a variety of bugs put your hotel where it will get some sun and shade, perhaps partially under a tree or hedge. Build a firm base. Try to use recycled or reclaimed materials. You can fill the gaps with dead wood, old bamboo canes or hotels drilled into blocks of wood make good nests for solitary bees. Straw, hay, dry leaves and loose bark also make great places for beetles, centipedes, spiders and woodlice to stay. The RSPB has a great step-by-step guide.

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Go Camping

If the weather is good head off for the weekend to spend days and nights outdoors camping! Catch the last of the autumn rays and toast marshmallows around the campfire. Children love being outdoors. Find your perfect campsite on Pitch Up.

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Top Fun Maths Books for Kids

Some children just don’t find maths particularly easy to understand, especially after the summer away from school. Keeping young minds ticking over is a great idea and if you can find something that is fun and adds to learning, all the better.

Here’s our top seven maths books which will help your children love the subject.

MENTAL MATHS

This book is a great way of helping your child with mental maths at home. Doing one column of questions each day (1-2 minutes) will help improve speed and ability. This is one of a series of Mental Maths books. Age 7-8 Mental Maths Every Day by Andrew Brodie.

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CREATIVE CALCULATIONS

This is a fantastic book that manages to combine creativity with a series of maths calculations. It’s sure to convince kids that maths can be as fun as art. Age 7+. This is Not a Maths Book by Anna Weltman.

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TIMES TABLES
Learning your times tables can be a real chore but this book is a classic and will teach your child while they colour. All the pictures hide a shape that can be revealed by colouring in the multiples of a certain number. Age 6+ The Multiplication Tables Colouring Book by Hilary McElderry.
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MATHEMATICAL ADVENTURES
A world of adventures and maths questions come together in this fabulous book. Children have to answer mathematical mysteries to save the Golden Hoard of treasure. Age: 8+ Maths Quest: The Museum of Mysteries by David Glover. See also The Cavern of Clues and The Planet of Puzzles.
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MATHS GAMES & TIPS
This book is full of games and tips that will prove to your children that maths can be really good fun and is part of everyday life. Age 4-14 Maths on the Go! 101 Fun Ways to Play with Maths by Rob Eastaway & Mike Askew.
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MATHS PUZZLES
Your child will love solving word, number, memory while strengthening their maths skills. Lots of number puzzles like Sudoku and Kakuro. Age: 8+ Brain Games for Clever Kids by Gareth Moore and Chris Dickason.
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HELP FOR PARENTS!
This book will help all those parents who want to understand the different methods to do arithmetic their children are learning. It will also help you understand why they are being taught that way. It’s easy to read and humorous too. Maths for Mums and Dads by Mike Askew and Rob Eastaway.
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