By Charlotte Nisbet
A mum who says ‘there’s nothing wrong with kids getting bikini body ready’ has defended her decision to train with her daughter since she was 10.
Hayley Sinclair, 43, and her daughter, Maisie, now 16, have worked out together in the gym for the past six years.
The pair began getting into shape in 2013 after Maisie began complaining about her ‘puppy fat’ as a child.
Hayley said it was her ‘duty as a mother’ to plan an exercise regime for her daughter – which included 20 sit ups, squats, lunges and ab crunches.
The mum-of-two found a gym that Maisie was able to enrol at and pledged to help her get in shape.
Hayley, a qualified personal trainer from Barnet, London said: “We go to the gym together every week and we’ve done this since she was 10.
“In just four months Maisie looked leaner and fitter after going to the gym.
“She lost her puppy fat and we focused on looking great while on holiday in Florida.
“It might seem extreme to say to a child but Maisie was starting to prefer how she looked and the exercise was giving her more confidence.
“Even my son, Leo, then six, would get involved.
“And even now I’m proud of showing my family how to lead a healthy lifestyle.”
Hayley – who runs her own personal training business called Limitless Personal Training – said while Maisie’s studies take priority over their gym gym routine they love going together.
She added: “It’s great to have some mum and daughter time and although we’ve never had any criticism, I always make it clear to Maisie that our aim is to be healthy not skinny.
“I can’t see that they is anything wrong with parents that want to help ensure their kids lead a healthy lifestyle.
“It’s impossible for kids not to worry about their appearance in today’s world of the internet and TV showing our kids how their body’s should look.
“We can’t shield them from that but we can help educate them on how to improve their lifestyles.
“I ensure she has porridge for breakfast now and plenty of fruit for snacks.
“I know plenty of people who say ‘children should be children’, but if your child says they’re concerned about their weight and you know they could be more active, then parents should help.
“Maisie has now grown into an educated young women when it comes to diet and the gym.
“Embracing a healthy lifestyle is something all children and teenagers should do so they go on to be healthy adults.
“I have been a personal trainer since Maisie was six and spend the majority of my time educating pre-post natal women and teenagers so they’re healthier both by eating the right things and through regular training.”
Maisie said: “I started the gym when I was 10 years old and have been going ever since.
“I think it’s important for young kids to understand how to lead a healthy lifestyle from a young age.
“My mum helped me feel more confident and even though I wasn’t overweight I was a bit bigger than I wanted to be which was making me self conscious.
“I have prioritised my school studies at the moment but we normally go twice a week together.
“My friends think it’s great that we’re able to train together and as my mum is an expert she’s great at being able to help with technique and diet.”
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