The anyBODY podcast – Fitness and Body Positivity

Since the rise of social media, health and fitness has become more popular than ever. Has sport and gym culture changed female beauty and body standards as a result?

In this episode of the anyBODY podcast, we spoke to two fitness influencers and personal trainers to discuss the role of sports and fitness in the body positivity movement. We discuss the importance of fitness and mental health, challenge traditional sport stereotypes and the ways in which Instagram has both positively and negatively influenced body image.

Urvashi Lad – Instagram: @pushwithush

Urvashi Lad, a personal trainer and health coach known as Push with Ush, talks about her battle with bulimia and the role fitness played in her recovery. After years of “yo-yo dieting” in her 20s and ending up in hospital as a result, Ush decided to understand how to truly nourish and move her body. She now dedicates her time to educating other women through weight training and nutrition.

Ellen Illidge – Instragram: @fitness.ellen

Ellen Illidge is a fitness influencer and trainee personal trainer. She promotes her journey to gain weight and breaks the stigma around female muscle and weight gain.