One Size Does Not Fit All

For this blog, we interviewed Suzanne, the person behind Eights and Weights. “A blog focusing on health, wellness, and fitness for everyone, but most especially the average African, both at home and across the globe.”

We believe that all people benefit and need healthy habits, however, we also believe that there are no routines and habits that work for everyone.

A little introduction:

Suzanne Brume is originally from Nigeria, has a multicultural background, and traveled around the world before setting in New York. This experience gave her an understanding of other’s cultures, personalities, and that life is not a “one size fits all”. Currently, she works as a Manager Consultant in New York, she’s constantly traveling for work reasons and has a busy schedule. This experience also allows her to know that although there is not a “one size fits all” healthy routine, you can definitely work on having healthy habits if you make it your priority.

Jaiyou: How do you keep that healthy lifestyle on a tight schedule with constant changes?

Suzanne: I’m a person who believes in discipline, especially when it comes to working out. Online there’s a lot of motivational content “do this and that to motivate yourself to work out” but, what happens when you don’t feel motivated?. I need to be discipline to forced my butt up to work out. If my schedule is too busy that I can’t say what time I’ll be free to work out, then the best time to do it would be before starting my day, in the morning. This gives me discipline and structure for my days. 

J: And what can we do when we do really lack motivation?

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S: For me honestly is all about discipline, because there is no athlete that always feels motivated, you just do it. It helps to think about your goals and ultimately, there is no workout that by the end you will say “I wish I didn’t do that” it’s always the opposite, so focussing on that will help you. Another tip is to start small, just do something, start, and this will help you build discipline and to tell your brain that it doesn’t matter the lack of motivation you’ll still do what you planned even if it’s just a portion of it. 

J: What would you recommend to the people who have real reasons, for instance, injuries or health conditions that prevent them to train as any other person could?

S: I’ll say something that is a little unconventional, I actually believe that diet is more important than exercise. Just think about it, you can consume 5.000 calories in one or two meals but to burn that you would have to train a huge amount of hours. So, both are important but diet, in my opinion, goes first. I would recommend to anyone to focus on having a healthy and balanced diet, and especially to those who have body limitations or their schedule definitely limits training hours.

There are also a few YouTube channels that focus on limited mobility and recovery workouts. These are great for older people too.

  1. Ask Doctor Jo, Physical Therapy Videos
  2. Caroline Jordan, Positive Feel Good Fitness

J: And what do you recommend for people that work and study at the same time that usually don’t have enough sleep hours?

S: Besides what we just discussed, I would prioritize rest as it is important to recover. But I also think that everyone should exercise maybe not with the same intensity or frequency, and focusing on a different type of exercise that promotes rest for instance yoga. No matter the case I would still advise everyone to work out but you need to assess the type of exercises you’re doing based on your type of lifestyle.

If you’re working out at home, your best friend is Youtube. This is a great tool to diversify your routines so you don’t get bored. We recommend you create a list and nurture it as you build a habit. Lastly, the keyword and main takeaway of our conversation with Suzanne are ‘tailored’. Each body has a different story to tell, every person has a different routine, lifestyle, habits, and environment. All of these have a huge influence on how you can approach a healthy lifestyle, acknowledging this, requires empathy that in the long run will support your process, and will give you better and sustainable results.

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