Fit mums are the 'coolest'

FITNESS TEST: A survey shows that teens prefer healthy parents to boost their image.
FITNESS TEST: A survey shows that teens prefer healthy parents to boost their image. Medioimages

SO YOU thought it was drive in, pick the kids up and drive out?

Oh no, mum. That strip of tarmac is a catwalk.

A new survey conducted over Facebook asking teenagers about the importance of school pick-up revealed some startling statistics about what makes a mum cool.

Fitness won out unanimously as the most impactful change in making kids proud of their mums.

"This goes against what we were expecting," bestselling fitness authors Julius and Sharny Kieser, who conducted the survey, said.

Anyone living with a teenager knows that image is their No.1 priority.

"Image pressure from teenagers is a massive factor in making mums feel good about themselves," the authors said.

"Teenagers can be spiteful and cruel to their mums and are quick to make them feel inadequate."

Interestingly, looking athletic is more important to your kids than picking them up in a luxury car.

"We're seeing a spike in obesity among private school mums, along with a booming luxury car market," the Kiesers said.

"We thought that kids were pressuring parents to get the cool cars, but it appears that they would prefer to trade the new car for a fitter, healthier mum any day."

This unexpected result may be great news for the obesity epidemic.

"This young generation have not given up on health and may be the ones to turn the crippling economic problem around," the Kiesers said

Australians are spending billions of dollars a year on obesity- related health problems which could be fixed with a little bit of exercise.

"If my mum got fit again and picked me up in sporty clothes, I'd get so many compliments," wrote Kelsey, a respondent from the Gold Coast.

"I'd be so proud

The Kiesers added: "The first step is awareness, and the next step is action. Finding the time and motivation to exercise is easy.

"There is a personal trainer on nearly every corner.

"Save some money on the car and visit one."


THE survey targeted teens aged 14-16, with 61% female and 39% male. More than 7600 teens were surveyed in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast private schools. The survey asked: "What would make your mum cooler at pick-up today?"

Survey results:

  • a new luxury car 28%
  • new designer clothes 3%
  • a new haircut 2%
  • looking fitter 67%

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