To be quite honest, the rise of social media has made me a bit confused on what the health industry is really about anymore. I like to think that my lifestyle and teaching yoga fall under the “wellness” category rather than “fitness” or “health” because I personally teach and practice yoga for the mind, body and soul connection. As much as I like to educate students on different yoga postures, there are poses that don’t work well with everyone’s bodies (especially if someone’s had previous injuries). That’s why there are modifications. The same thing goes with food.
I’ve spent the past few weeks looking at different websites for “healthy” recipes and majority of them led me back to Instagram and personal blogs (which I so appreciate because I love a good recipe recommendation). However, it gets to be a little tricky when there are influencers out there telling you something is “healthy” and then other accounts are telling you to leave that food out of your diet.
It can be confusing, frustrating and just plain misleading. Something that is “healthy” for one person to consume might not be “healthy” for another. If you too are feeling overwhelmed by all of the different information out there, I invite you to take a step back and think about what healthy means to you and your body. It looks different for us all.
Take every recipe, food/product recommendation, blog, workout video, Instagram account, Pinterest post, etc. with a grain of salt and try to modify with things that you know are right for your body. Food bloggers and cookbooks are great resources for meal inspiration but it’s important to keep in mind that the recipes they’re posting are what’s good for their bodies since they’re the ones consuming it.
Before you purchase supplements from someone promoting them to you on Instagram, look at the ingredients list and make sure your body can tolerate them. Do some research. Do a self evaluation before trying a workout video someone posted. Think of ways you can modify if your body needs.
We all know that each and every one of us is going through some shit. Times get tough and it’s easy to loose sight of what’s important. I’ve recently found myself “too busy” and making excuses of reasons why I can’t step onto my yoga mat. I’ve decided to start a yoga challenge during the month of June that is all about owning your shit. The good, the bad, and the ugly. Creating a challenge allows me to hold myself accountable for stepping onto my mat and the same goes for you! Stepping onto your yoga mat doesn’t mean that you have to do any chatarungas or master crow pose. It means that you take time out of your day for yourself… to process everything you’re going through or maybe try and forget everything. Whatever the reason may be, I invite you to join in on this challenge. Taking some time out of your busy day to do something for yourself is necessary. You might have to set your alarm a few minutes earlier or turn off that Netflix show a little sooner, but it will be worth it, I promise.
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I interviewed fitness coach/online trainer, owner of Body By Bay and dear friend of mine, BayLeigh Bingham. We are talking all things health and fitness!
BayLeigh thank you for taking the time to answer some of my questions.
Gina: What made you want to get into fitness coaching?
BayLeigh: I have always enjoyed nutrition and fitness since I can remember. The best part about my job is helping people and seeing them become so happy by their transformations with my programs. I truly feel so grateful everyday for this path.
Gina: What types of services does Body By Bay offer?
BayLeigh: Body By Bay offers a lot of different services. I offer meal planning, meal tracking (via an app) as well as custom meal plans catered to each individual client. All of this is either online or in person. I offer both. All workouts can be done AT HOME. That is the BEST part! No gym membership needed.
Gina: Since you are based out of LA but have clients located all over, what do your coaching sessions look like?
BayLeigh: So if I have people wanting to work with me but they don’t live in Cali that is NOT an issue. Most of my clients are all over at the moment. From Chicago, Phoenix, Wisconsin to Missouri, etc. My clients really enjoy online coaching. They get custom workouts sent to them weekly, meal plans and have someone constantly tracking what they are eating and helping them to stay accountable. Most of my clients have said they love the meal tracking because they feel I am always watching and don’t want to disappoint me (Ha! I didn’t know I was so tough)
Gina: How often do you communicate with your clients?
BayLeigh: I am in contact with my clients everyday and Skyping with them at least once a week. I think that is so important to keep close contact so I can always get an idea of how they are feeling or if something isn’t working for them, we can change it immediately for the upcoming weeks.
Gina: Meal prepping has become increasingly popular. I myself get a little overwhelmed with having to prepare meals for the week. Can you share any tips?
BayLeigh: So my clients who have me meal prep for them say its a DREAM. Lol to have somebody literally plan out your whole week of meals and all you have to do is get your groceries (or I can order the groceries for you if you are not wanting to do that part either) is quite a treat! For my clients who I don’t meal prep for I always say if grocery shopping is stressful, then they are doing it wrong. During the week my clients all try to eat a very balanced diet and to do that it should mostly be pretty simple. A good meat, a vegetable and a carb. There are lots of ways to switch this up to keep it fun during the week.
Gina: What does your typical fitness routine look like?
BayLeigh: I workout 3-5 times a week and on the other days I am going hiking or taking my dog to the dog park, getting a good run in, something active. But never putting too much stress on it or that is when people get burnt out quickly.
Thank you again for taking the time to share, Bay!
Wow, I love that she mentioned not to put too much stress on working out. How often do we all beat ourselves up about trying to get a workout in and somehow life gets in the way? I know I do! I find it easier to get a workout in when I don’t put too much pressure and stress on myself. I have to say, BayLeigh has motivated me to get up off my computer and get a workout in from the comfort of my home!
If you are interested in fitness coaching or learning more about the services BayLeigh offers, visit bodybybay.com or email email@example.com