One thing I realised early on after having Imogen was that, however I chose to live my life, it would have an impact on her. I wanted to be an important role model for my daughter and so my choices and habits mattered. Just over 33% of 11-year olds are now overweight or obese and among four and five year olds it’s 22% according to the most recent figures from the National Child Measurement Programme.
This made it even more important that the Mums Vitality programmes avoided any extreme diets or crazy exercise regimes because everything we do teaches our children something – good or bad. Children are like sponges and they develop well when actions and words align. My husband and I have always led an active lifestyle and love that we have now found lots of new ways to enjoy this with Imogen. She loves to run around after us and join in with our exercise and I have enjoyed working with hundreds of women one to one and seeing their children joining in and enjoying exercising with their Mummy!