No matter how much you workout or try to see the good in your body, being body positive for your kids isn't the easiest thing. Especially in a world where the bodies in the media are shown to look a certain, very limited, narrow way in order to garner praise (and garner the people who own those bodies love, which we're generally taught cannot be gotten except when "earned" through having a "perfect" body). But adopting a workout routine into your life, like starting the barre workout, can be the thing to make you more verbally and visibly body positive, for yourself and your kids too. Because if you hadn't noticed, they notice everything.
Being body positive on a constant basis means being able to praise your own form in a way that isn't giving yourself back-handed compliments or followed by all of your self-criticisms. Kind of difficult, I know, trust me. But practicing barre comes with a lot of things to amp up that body positivity and make you want to keep going back to it for more.
Barre is, at its core, a combination of ballet and fat-burning moves that also work to tone while working out your entire core muscles. You won't see a Shaun T type of figure doing 60 seconds of fast, intensive high knees, but you will be doing double the work with careful, precise movements that make your body shake in the best possible way. Barre also gives you the opportunity to learn what your body can really do, which is a whole lot more than you'd think.
When I started, I could barely get my heel to stretch up to my butt during the cool down period. Well, I couldn't even get it close to my cheeks. Now, I've almost got it down. Not the craziest accomplishment to some, but for me, that means my thighs are starting to work with me and let me get my true stretch on. And you know what? Guess who loves her thighs a lot more now. Bam! That's the thing about barre: It makes you more body positive for your kids because it makes you fall in love with your body like nothing else can. Here's how: