The Practicing Parent: Confidence Class
Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:23:12 GMT —
Suzi McKee is on a mission.
"I want to challenge young girls, but I also want to show ladies 53, 63, 73 that your life is not over. You can start now," she said.
As owner of Live Well Fit, a fitness studio for women, she is giving young girls a positive, healthy headstart in life with her Girls Agility Dance Class.
The class teaches young girls seven to twelve years old the basics of exercise, eating right and loving themselves.
In our body conscious world, messages about image are hard to ignore. It's not hard to find a young girl with a negative self-image, but Suzi is hoping to stop that. She's building confidence and teaching these young girls that their value shouldn't be tied to how they look.
"I'm trying to get them before their body image is tainted, before they go through puberty," Suzi said. "Every woman has a body image issue and we can't not have one if we walk outside and look in the magazines or tv. Everything tells us we have to be picture perfect."
Seven year-old Hannah Henson is taking the class and has fun exercising.
"We get our bodies moving. We exercise and get our bodies healthier," Hannah said.
Cardio, strength training, a lot of laughs and telling each other and themselves "I'm amazing!" are part of the class. There is also a grocery store tour that teaches the girls what foods are good fuel for their bodies.
"It's kind of like when you're driving your car and you put bad gas in your car, it sputters. But, if you put good gas in your car, you're going to drive for miles," Suzi said.
Hannah and her mom are learning a lot from the class and the grocery store tour.
"We picked out a better bread and better meat for us to eat at home," Hannah said.
And Practicing Parents can learn a lot too.
"I never looked at myself in the mirror and said, "Do I look fat?" because the kids pick up on that. Those little girls are hearing what their mom's say and it makes such an impression on them," Suzi said.
"I hope the moms and daughters get up every morning and look in the mirror and say, "I am amazing."
Suzi's passion and Live Well Fit's goals are to make a difference in the lives of women of all ages.
"It's been awesome to be doing what I am doing and have these ladies that are hungry for education and camraderie," she said.
The next Girls Camp class is in January 2014. A mother daughter fit camp is set for November.
More information can be found on the website http://www.live-well-fit.com/