Olympic women are great body role models

How refreshing to turn on the TV and see these natural, healthy, super-fit beauties as an antidote to all those perma-tanned, fake, vacuous celebs that we a usually bombarded with?!

Having a young daughter I am very conscious of the pressure on women (and young girls unfortunately) to look ‘perfect’. This is often accompanied by the desire to be famous despite lacking any talent.

These accomplished sportswomen are much better role models – dedicated, hard working, healthy and fit. I will put these women up alongside those that are successful in other disciplines as aspirational figures for my daughter. If only we didn’t have to compete with the media!

She might not even like sports, and that’s ok too, I hated PE at school and didn’t get into fitness until later on. As long as she is happy in her own skin and doesn’t feel those pressures to look like a clone and has her own ambitions and individuality I would have done my job ok.

Five-year-olds now worry about size: what a sad state of affairs!

According to an article from 29 May 2012 Press Association:

“More than half the British public suffers from a negative body image, an inquiry by MPs has been told. The problem is so acute that girls as young as five now worry about their size and appearance, with children in danger of picking up their parents’ body-related anxieties, their report said. Cosmetic surgery rates have increased by nearly 20% since 2008 and the rise was said to be fuelled by advertising and “irresponsible” marketing ploys, the cross-party group of MPs was told….”

What a shame this is the state of affairs. Having a young daughter this really worries me. The focus of parents should be on making sure their kids are happy, healthy, eating good foods and active. Equally importantly, we should NEVER verbalise our negative body images in front of our kids. If we don’t like what we see in the mirror that is our problem and not something we should be passing on to our kids.

My exercise programmes and resources and all about being fit and healthy and a side effect of this is that they will make your body look better. I hope women can use my plans to give themselves body confidence, which will give them energy and positivity. The focus should be around exercising for health and happiness, whatever your shape and size. Let’s try and pass the message on to our kids that life should be about getting out there, trying new things, having fun and shared experiences with your friends and family. Our kids should be kids and not obsessing about what they look like.

There are things about my body that I don’t like – I have a non-existent chest and cellulite on my bum, but do I care? No! Would I moan about these bits in front of my daughter – definitely not! I try to work on the bits I do like and make the most of my good points and not worry about the rest. Why do we think we need to be perfect? (Whatever that means!) The world would be a very boring place if we all looked the same.

My final point is that everyone seems to be after a quick fix nowadays, for example opting for cosmetic surgery instead of old fashioned diet and exercise. Fair enough if you have surgery on something you can do nothing about – I can understand that, but if you are worried about your fat bum then get active! Another lesson we should teach our kids is that to get what you want you need to put in hard work, whether that is success, a good relationship or a good body; you get back what you put in.

So come on everyone – let’s try and shape the next generation mentally and physically and teach our kids about the big stuff that really matters x