ROLE MODELS: Help inspire your kids to exercise with a body positive mindset at Body Fuel and Fitness.
ROLE MODELS: Help inspire your kids to exercise with a body positive mindset at Body Fuel and Fitness.

Stay active in teaching your children body positivity

A LARGE component of staying healthy is by keeping up an active lifestyle, but that can be quite a challenge.

Prue Collard, the owner of Body Fuel and Fitness, is trying to help people prioritise staying both mentally and physically healthy.

"The hardest part for people is coming into a gym, as many people feel like they have to be a certain fitness level to start," she said.

Ms Collard believes this idea stems from a poorly ingrained culture surrounding body positivity.

"Many people are so un-confident about their bodies, especially mothers, and by showing this negativity in front of your children, they can really take that on," she said.

"Kids look up at parents as role models. If a mum isn't confident enough to go to the gym, often a child will feel the same when they grow up."

Once people can get themselves to a gym, Ms Collard said they won't be overwhelmed.

"Well set small goals and work towards them. Once you see the team, it becomes easier and you can make your own life routine," she said.

"Exercise doesn't have to be a crazy sweat session, there are so many different types of levels of exercise, and when we say get into the gym, we're only talking one day a week, then working up as you feel comfortable."

Ms Collard said it's all about making time for yourself.

"It's not a selfish thing, we make time for others, so we should treat ourselves the same," she said.