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Exercise’s Effects To Our Distracted Child

As parents of distracted children, such as those with ADHD or autism, we often wonder how we could contain our children’s excessive energy. We also ask ourselves a lot more questions like should we use only pharmaceutical help? Should we follow special diets or let them take nutritional supplements? Do they need to be disciplined more? Is there an outlet we could teach to our child so he could release his energy there while at the same time being beneficial to him and his condition?

Luckily, the answer to the last questions is yes, there is.

Physical activity or exercise has the power to benefit our distracted children. How, you might ask? Physical activities are well-known for its main purpose which is to manage our children’s weight and improve their general health. Aside from this, exercise could benefit distracted children by increasing their attentiveness while also giving a calming effect, even help with the symptoms of ADHD. For children with ADHD, exercise could be used as a replacement for their other behavioral reinforcers.

If our child is born with ADHD or autism, it is common for us to get tired when we can’t control them. We might even get to a point where we get mad at them. But instead of punishing a child, refocus his attention to a physical activity to burn off excess energy and stimulate the mind to learn in order to resolve conflict.


How Does Exercise Do This?

Michael Phelps is a world-renowned swimmer and multiple-time Olympian. He is known to have ADHD, but because of his sport and constant exercise he was able to manage his condition without medication. Our distracted child could be like him. But how?

During exercise, our heart beats faster than normal, resulting in a faster blood flow throughout the body, particularly to the brain. When the blood flow is increased in the brain, endorphins are released into the body. Endorphins are known to control our mood and make us feel a pleasurable boost. The brain also releases dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin which acts like a little bit of Ritalin or Adderall, affecting a person’s ability to focus. This is a great help for ADHD children.


What Is The Best Exercise Choice?

Not generalizing, but distracted children perform better in individual sports like martial arts, dance, and gymnastics. These sports could also help them better because the child must concentrate on their movements in order to complete the routines correctly.

Our children should not be limited to those sports, however. They are perfectly capable of participating in team-oriented sports like baseball or football. We just have to watch them closely on these sports as their team-mates might not always react well to our children’s inattentiveness and social awkwardness. If our children didn’t feel welcome in a team, it might discourage them to try other team sports.

Mentioned above are just few pointers to help our distracted child. To read more on the same or different topics, follow our educational blogs or our official social media sites. Learn gymnastics from the best sports academy in Singapore, enroll today at Bianka Panova Sport and Art Academy! Join us and learn gymnastics for kids with us!

Rio de Janeiro - Simone Biles, ginasta dos Estados Unidos, durante final em que levou medalha de ouro na disputa por equipes feminina nos Jogos Olímpicos Rio 2016. (Fernando Frazão/Agência Brasil)

Ways on How To Boost Our Athlete’s Confidence

Aside for our young athlete’s physical health, their mental health is also important for them to be able to perform stunningly in their chosen sports, particularly in gymnastics. If a child is very shy and feels inferior most of the time, in a sport competition, she would not succeed. She has to have the confidence of one Simone Biles to help her thrive on her chosen sport.

Self-confident people are easily admired by others and also inspire confidence in others. They tend to view their life in a positive light even when things are not going their way. If a challenge presented itself in front of a self-confident person, they would face it head-on because they believe that whatever obstacles come their way, they have the ability to get past them.

If she’s not yet, wouldn’t it be nice to teach self-confidence to your precious athletic child?

This doesn’t just apply to an athletic kid, but especially to a kid wanting to be physically active but couldn’t because they think they can’t do it. As a parent, we should know how to boost the esteem of our children so they would finally go out and join that team he has always wanted to join. Below are a few pointers on how we can help boost the esteem of our children.


  • Really evaluate our child’s inner circle, including friends and family. If anyone of them put him down and shred his confidence, we have to keep him away from them. It isn’t going to be easy, but it is necessary as a break from negative people is one step closer to more self-confidence.
  • We should teach our child to always smile, keep eye contact, and maintain a good posture. Imagine a person who always smiles, has good posture and keeps eye contact when interacting with people. Most of the time, we imagine a confident person. Also, smiling wouldn’t just make our kids confident, but it would also make others feel more comfortable around them.
  • If our child lost a game and he felt down because he thinks it is his fault, by all means we must take all of the negativity out of their head. At first, we should let them know that we believe in them and that they can do anything they set their hearts to. After a while, they can do the positive-thinking on their own.

Remember that instilling self-confidence to our children doesn’t happen overnight. It is a continuous process. Even if our child is already confident, there would always be an instance that he would lose it, like if we got a minor injury, and as a parent we have to be there and boost their confidence once again.


Listed above are just few pointers to help our child be more confident. To read more on the same or different topics, follow our educational blogs or our official social media sites. Learn gymnastics from the best sports academy in Singapore, enroll today at Bianka Panova Sport and Art Academy! Join us and learn gymnastics for kids with us!


Asians Prevail In FIG World Challenge Cup 2016

Today, October 10, the 2016 FIG World Cup series concluded the World Challenge Cups in Artistic Gymnastics at Szombathely, Hungary.

The 2016 World Cup series is sanctioned by the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique where gymnastics are invited based on Federation invitation, World Standings, results from previous World Championships or Olympic Games. It has two categories, first is the FIG Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup and the second is the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup.

In Szombathely, the last event of the whole FIG World Cup series has ended, and the results are as follows:

Vault Women:

1st – Jinru Liu, CHN

2nd – Emily Little, AUS

3rd – Dévai Boglárka, HUN

Vault Men:

1st – Tuan Dat Nguyen, VIE

2nd – Tomi Tuuha, FIN

3rd – Jorge Vega Lopez, GUA

Floor Exercise Women:

1st – Böczögő Dorina, HUN

2nd – Veronika Dorina, CZE

3rd – Dora Kranzelic, CRO

Floor Exercise Men:

1st – Jorge Vega Lopez, GUA

2nd – Rok Klavora, SLO

3rd – Yuto Kato, JPN

Uneven Bars Women:

1st – Yufen Xie, CHN

2nd – Jiaqi Lyu, CHN

3rd – Kovács Zsófia, HUN


Parallel Bars Men:

1st –Phuong Thanh Dinh, VIE

2nd – Xiamong Wu, CHN

3rd – Kenta Chiba, JPN

Beam Women:

1st – Emily Little, AUS

2nd – Jiaqi Lyu, CHN

3rd – Veronika Cnekova, CZE

Rings Men:

1st – Ali Zahran, EGY

2nd – Yunlong Zhang, CHN

3rd – Nam Dang, VIE

Pommel Horse Men:

1st – Berki Krisztián, HUN

2nd – Xiaming Wu, CHN

3rd – Illia Yehorov, HUN

Horizontal Bar Men:

1st – Kenta Chiba, JPN

2nd – Fuya Maeno, JPN

3rd – Tin Srbic, CRO

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World Ballet Day Live Back For Its Third Year

Today, World Ballet Day Live is back for its third-year of live performances broadcasted through the web so they could reach millions of viewers who are otherwise unable to watch ballet performances in person.

This year, the performances are going to be hosted by Facebook Live for the first time despite having streamlined online for several years. The show is estimated to be around 20 hours straight, starting from 1pm AEDT of October 4. It is said that this might just be the longest livestream the platform has ever hosted so far, and it will give a rare window into the real time happenings of rehearsals around the world.


Last year, the show was broadcasted via Youtube Live and drew 349,000 views, later gaining more than 2 million views worldwide. This year, the live broadcast would start from Melbourne to San Francisco and would feature rehearsals of five ballet groups who are going to give everyone a glimpse into the world of the ballet elite. Rehearsals for the productions of Swan lake, Nijinsky, Spartacus and Coppélia are going to be shown.

The first performer that would kickstart the show is The Australian Ballet, followed by The Bolshoi Ballet of Russia, The Royal Ballet, The National Ballet of Canada, and finally the San Francisco Ballet. Each company is going to have four hours of screen time each.


Aside from the five main companies, they have also invited a wide range of regional dance organizations geographically close to their location to be part of World Ballet Day Live. The following companies included are Hong Kong Ballet, Queensland Ballet, West Australian Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Northern Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet, Houston Ballet, Boston Ballet, Miami City Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo, and Nederlands Dans Theater.

For more information, please visit the official site of World Ballet Day Live.

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Is Strength Training Safe for Children?

Just as women are afraid weightlifting will make them manly and muscular, parents often fear that weight and strength training might not be ideal and can cause harm to children. As a concerned parent, these reservations can be understandable, but it’s also critically important to set the record straight. In fact, strength training, when done properly, is practically safe and beneficial for young children.

Strength training can do well for kids who simply want to look and feel better. If done the right way, it can put your child on a lifetime path to better health and fitness.

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Do not confuse strength training with weight training

Strength training doesn’t necessarily mean that your child should train using heavy weights, so you don’t really have to worry about muscle injuries. With right technique and execution, injuries and muscle strains can be easily avoided. There goes the importance of finding the right sports academy for your child.

For young children, light resistance and controlled movements work best, putting an emphasis on correct technique and safety. For beginners, weighted training should be avoided, and instead rely on resistance equipment and body weight exercises.

Benefits of Strength Training to Children

Better Academic Performance

When done properly, strength training is not only safe for young children, but it also brings a lot of benefits to them. According to research, kids who are conditioned and physically fitter perform better in school and are less likely to get involved in bad and harmful activities.

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Improved Athletic Performance

According to sports experts, proper strength training can significantly boost the child’s performance in various sports and physical activities. Strength training can often imitate movements that are performed in certain sports. For instance, if you are a basketball player and is looking to gain inches on your vertical leap, then performing exercises like for example, box jumps, may help you to attain this goal. Each sport has specific movements and exercise, and strength training can greatly help in achieving specific goals in certain sports.

That’s the main reason why a qualified sports academy incorporates strength training exercises into their training programs.

So, if you’re really looking to give the best training program and education to your children, you should not hesitate to let them engage in various strength training activities, as it may serve as the key in reaching their specific fitness goals.

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Encouraging Your Kids to be Physically Active

Teaching your children to be physically is very important for their overall health and well-being. Being physically fit and healthy while they’re young plays a critical role in their development.

However, with the presence of the technological change in this generation, motivating your child to play outside with their friends can be a huge challenge. There are a lot of distractions, such as TV, movies, smartphones and video games, which easily eats up most of your child’s free time. Because of those things, they are left with not much time to dedicate on being physically active.

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So, how do you encourage your child to allocate some of their time on more important things, such as exercise and physical activity?

Plan Activities they Find Enjoyable

Kids can be physically active even if they’re not naturally playful or energetic. The key is to discover the activities they find enjoyable. When kids find an activity that’s fun, they will keep on doing it over and over; get better at doing it, and will look forward to do it again. Likewise, if they’re pushed to do activities they are not passionate about, they will feel forced, will end up frustrated and will see physical activity as a chore rather than a fun activity.

By planning activities that you know your child will find enjoyable, you’re basically giving them a change not only to be physically fit and active, but also, you’re giving them a chance to have fun and enjoy their childhood.🙂

Make TV Time a Physically Active Time

If your child’s obsession for TV shows is really uncontrollable, you can actually turn their TV time into something more productive. Your child doesn’t have to lie down the couch all the time as they watch their favorite TV programs. Encourage them to dance and sing as they watch their favorite cartoon characters such as Dora the Explorer, Mickey Mouse or Pikachu.🙂

Kids playing and having fun

Enroll Your Child to Local Summer Camps and Sports Academy

Sending your child to summer camps and sports clubs is a perfect way to get your child more acquainted with the outdoors.

Most camps offer many interesting programs during the summer, focused on exposing kids to nature through various outdoor and teambuilding activities. These types of camps and sports academy can help your child learn some valuable life and social skills while having fun at the same time.

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Choosing the Best Sports Academy

Making a commitment with sports and fitness starts with finding the most appropriate sports club that perfectly fits your current lifestyle. However, finding the perfect sports academy is never an easy feat.

Finding the best sports school is a lot like finding a good restaurant. A good sports gym will be a good fit to your own unique personality, and will encourage you to come back and train on a regular basis. However, unlike restaurant, being involved in a sports academy is a large financial commitment, so it makes a lot of sense to do a more extensive research on your options before making a commitment with the sports club.


Here are some of the most important factors you need to consider to find the sports club that perfectly fits your lifestyle and needs.

Make sure the gym is a member of a “Sports Federation/Organization”

Sports academies that are a part of these “sports federations, organizations or associations”, such as for example, Singapore Gymnastics – the National Sports Association for Gymnastics in Singapore – are known for having the highest standards and are dedicated in providing high quality services to their clients. The organization members have all agreed to follow a certain set of rules established by their respective sports federation, which ensures that these sports clubs provide only the best to their students.


Considering the location of the sports gym is very important for an effective training program. The distance between your home and the sports school plays a big factor on how well you will perform in your training program.  Obviously, a gym located somewhere near your home, office or school is the best choice. On days when you’re crunched for time, having a sports academy nearby will make things easier on your busy schedule. After all, your training program is meant to lower your stress levels, not increase it.


Of course, it is very important to consider the cost. Consider all the expenses you will be paying when you sign up on the gym, such as the membership fee, monthly fees and other miscellaneous charges. Make sure that the expenses fit well into your budget.

Quality of Services

Make sure that the sports academy you’ll be signing up with is dedicated to provide the best quality of services to its students.

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Coaching Standards / Qualified Coaches

When choosing the most appropriate sports school, it is important to consider the expertise level of the coaches that is teaching there. By doing so, you can ensure that you will only receive the best quality of coaching and education, which will help you achieve your highest potential in the sport.

Looking for the best school for gymnastics in Singapore? Enroll at Bianka Panova Sport and Art Academy today as we aim to prepare young gymnasts from this generation to make their mark on the world stage. With our state-of-the-art facilities, comprehensive training programs, and our head trainer’s extensive experience and skills in the field, the quality of education that your child will receive is guaranteed!

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Simone Biles Taking a Year off from Gymnastics

After clinching a total of five Olympic medals at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, American artistic gymnast Simone Biles plans to take a year off from gymnastics to ‘live in the moment’ and chill out.

After achieving historic feats at the 31st Olympic Summer Games in Rio, the 19-year-old gymnast really needs to enjoy a well-deserved break.

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The gymnastics legend Simone Biles celebrated non-stop with her friends and family as soon as she got back from the Olympic Games. Then, she told about her plan to take a year off of the sport thereafter.

“I will be taking a year off, I think, just until everything settles down, because now we have photo shoots and other opportunities that will come our way. It will be really hard for us to be in and out of the gym and train very serious during this time period. So afterwards, then we’ll see.” She said in an interview with Sports Illustrated.

According to NBC, the 19-year-old gymnast will take part in the USA Gymnastics tour of shows from September 15 – November 13, so basically she isn’t taking a complete break from the sport, but rather taking a step back from her Olympian-level rigor. This gap year will allow Biles and the rest of Team USA to have more time doing other things such as hosting Saturday Night Live, or just unwind and take a break for a moment.

So far, it’s been a pretty wonderful ride for the Olympic champion since she returned home.  She’ll be on the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions for the next two and a half months, and after that, it’s time for her to enjoy her vacation.


“I always had one goal in mind – after championships, it was the Olympics, so that’s what drove me,” she explained. And now, “my next goal is to live in the moment and have fun, for now we’ll just have fun with life, I guess.”

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Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Bronze

Bulgarian Rhythmic Team Claims Historic Bronze after Outstanding Performances in Rio

The Bulgarian team displayed strong performances in the Rio Olympic Arena to win the long-awaited Olympic team medal in Rio. The historic award came after the group was shaken by the personal tragedy of Tsvetelina Stoyanova. The young gymnast experienced a psychological breakdown and fell from the sixth floor of a block of flats in Sofia. She is now in a good condition, and is currently recovering and undergoing heavy rehabilitation.

Bulgarian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Bronze

The Bulgarian team comprised of Mihaela Maevska, Hristiana Todorova, Reneta Kamberova, Tsvetelina Naydenova and Lyubomira Kazanova promised that they would dedicate their medal to Tsvetelina, in case they win one.

At the first half of the competition in Rio, the Bulgarian team is the second leading team, ahead of the defending champion Russia.

Bulgaria continued displaying error-free performances at the second half of the competition, and after executing their routines with no obvious mistakes, the team successfully claimed the bronze medal.

The silver medal went to the Spanish team, who obtained the same overall score as Bulgaria (35.766 points), but had a better performance portion.

The defending champion Russia was clearly the winner of the event. After committing a mistake in their first routine with the ribbons, the team compensated with an impressive display of elegance in 3 Clubs and 2 Hoops, acquiring the highest score in the competition (18.633).

“We are truly happy that our careers will end in this way, that finally our hard work has been rewarded and that we did everything in our powers to improve Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics,” said the team captain of Bulgaria, Mihaela Maevska.

Bulgarian Rhythmic Team

“We cried a lot because of every girl in the individual competition, we were experiencing the competition with them. We were thinking about how much we want an Olympic medal. That’s why today we left our hearts and souls in the competition,” Mihaela added.

“Thank you for staying with us through thick and thin for all these years! We will never forget your support! This win is for you!” the Bulgarian team said.

“I am super happy for these girls and altogether for the whole team and all the work that we’ve done. It was worth it!” said Inna Ananieva, the national head coach of the Bulgarian rhythmic gymnastics team.

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Russian rhythmic gymnastics team

Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Team Claims Fifth Consecutive Olympic Title

Russia has dominated the sport of rhythmic gymnastics for decades, having won the group All-around title on all the Olympics since the 2000 Games in Sydney.

The Russian team once again proved their superiority in the sport after winning the country’s fifth consecutive Group All-around title at the Olympic competition held this weekend.

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With the group’s free-flowing acrobatic display on the second half of the competition, they managed to outscore their two strongest rivals, Spain and Bulgaria.

The Russian rhythmic gymnastics team was comprised of 2015 World Group All-around Champions –Anastasia Maksimova, Anastiasia Tatareva and Maria Tolkacheva, 2012 Olympic gold medalist Anastasia Bliznyuk and Olympic debutant Vera Biriukova.

Since the start of the Rio 2016, the Russian group was the strong favorite to win the gold medal in the group competition. And the team did not disappoint the crowd, as they managed to keep their grip on the Olympic group All-around title.

But the Russian national team did not dominate all throughout the competition. In the qualification finals, the Russian team only finished a place behind the Spanish team.

Rio 2016 Group All-around Final

The Russians even fell on the third spot behind Spain and Bulgaria after a wobbly performance on the Ribbon routine. But the Russian team immediately recovered with their compelling performance in the six Clubs and two Hoops event, where they showcased an inspired routine to the music of Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”. Their strong performance at the second half of the competition earned them the highest score in the group event, rendering them impossible to catch.

The Russian national team obtained a total score of 36.233 to win the Olympic gold medal. The Spanish team took the silver ahead of Bulgaria, who settled for bronze. Both team acquired a score of 35.766.

Spain Close to Dethroning Olympic Champions Russia

Spain has the highest chance at dethroning the Russian team from the dominance they have established in the sport since 16 years ago in Sydney, as they have been leading midway through the competition. But the strong performance the Russians displayed at the second half of the competition proved they’re nearly unbeatable.

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Team Russia’s Six Clubs Two Hoops performance (credits to the photo owner)

Spain acquired the Olympic title in the rhythmic gymnastics group All-around in 1996, the year the Rhythmic Group Gymnastics was established as a part of the Olympic programme. However, the Russians took the top honors in the Olympic since, and the Spanish team failed to reach the podium in that span. Spain returned to the Olympic podium in the group All-around Final on Sunday, winning the silver medal.

A Complete Gold Medal Sweep for Russia  

Aside from the Group All-around title, Russia has also won the Olympic title in the individual all-around. Prior to the group competition, two-time World All-around silver medalist Margarita Mamun won the individual gold medal, successfully beating her greatest friend and rival, Yana Kudryavtseva.

Mamun’s victory marks the fifth consecutive Olympic individual All-around crown for Russia, which goes along with the country’s fifth consecutive Olympic group All-around title.

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