Today’s guest post, is by Paris, who is an amazing you tuber. She is sharing her love for yoga and exercises that you can do at home! You cn follow Paris, on twitter, Instagram and I’m also linking her you tube channel.
Thank you so much Paris, for doing this post:)
Hi I’m Paris and I was asked to contribute to Workout Wednesdays by the wonderful Zainab!
Firstly I just want to say that “Fitness,” and “Being Fit,” is unique to each person. Growing up, I always compared myself to all the women that I was exposed to via social media – so of course I wanted that tall, slim frame and at that point all I wanted to do was be skinny. I had no concept of being fit or being healthy until I was in my twenties (And yes it took me a very long time to get there!) My advice to you before you begin any kind of fitness journey is to just take a moment to appreciate your body and your health and be grateful for where you are at this point in your life. Do not compare yourself to anyone and only strive to be the best version of yourself!
So now onto my actual routine! With regards to fitness, I don’t go to a gym but instead I opt for home workouts with the majority of my time being spent on Yoga. I recently started Kayla Itsines BBG (Bikini Body Workout) program but I haven’t been as consistent as I’d hoped but I’m happy to say that I’m back on track and ready to complete her 12 week BBG program once more! (P.S. It’s okay if you fall off the wagon sometimes, don’t beat yourself up! Just reevaluate your goals, maintain a positive attitude and start again!)
The BBG program consists of 3 main high intensity workouts that only last 30 minutes and 3 low intensity workouts that last about 30-45 minutes! You can plan your schedule accordingly and there’s minimal workout equipment involved so you can do it at home!
I’m also a very active yoga girl and I like to do everything from Vinyasa to Hatha yoga. I don’t go to any specific classes but rather spend my time learning from YouTube videos like “Yoga With Adrienne,” and “Kino Yoga,” and of course my all time favorite is the LETSSTARTYOGA e-book by my role model Jessica Olie! I think that yoga is extremely good for everyone of all ages because it keeps you active, helps to tone your body and actually make you in tune with your breathing and it just feels GOOD!!
Last but not least is my diet – I don’t have a strict plan that I follow but I’m lactose and gluten intolerant (Yes I know it’s a hard life!) and I don’t eat any kind of meat except for fish and eggs. I usually just try to have a balanced diet, eating from the three main food groups (Carbs, Proteins, Fats) and I just try to avoid refined sugar and processed food so I stay away from stuff like cereals, canned items or just any kind of ready-made food! I love everything organic and incorporate a lot of smoothies and fresh fruits and vegetables in my diet!
I think its very important that you really have a balanced diet and not do anything crazy like crash diets or starving yourself in any way because those things have long term negative effects on your body and it’s just overall a harmful way of living. While its good to be balanced, you should never deny yourself that one slice of cake because you’re gonna go crazy and probably end up binging if you don’t have it.
Trust me, when I see vegan cookies I always get myself one because YOLO and if your overall diet is healthy, then one cookie is not going to hurt you! So stay true to yourself and just make sure you’re not restricting your body in any way. Oh and P.S. the only things that I drink are water, smoothies and A TON of flavored teas!
Overall I think that being healthy and fit is a lifestyle and if you really want it, then you have to set aside everything else, focus on YOU and really just go for it! Good luck on all of your journeys! If you have any other questions, just DM me and I’ll answer them right away!
Lots of love!Paris
This is the fourth post on Workout Wednesday. You can read the first here and the second one here.
(If you would like to share your workout/diet routine, weight loss story,contact me on twitter or just leave a comment below with your email and I will get back to you soon)