Fitness expert Emily Skye dishes on how she gets inspiration for her workout videos
As we all know, working out can sometimes seem like more of a burden than an activity that we look forward to every day. But, with the help of fitness expert Emily Skye, you might want to change your mind.
The Australian-born fitness maven got her start in the health and wellness field after struggling with depression. She turned to healthy eating and working out to boost her mood and energy, and she saw significant results. That made her want to share this revelation with the rest of the world.
Now, at age 32, Skye is spending her time building a full-blown health and wellness brand complete with a suite of YouTube videos, an app, Instagram accounts and more. Not without success either, Skye has managed to garner a following of over 12 million people.
We had the chance to sit down with Skye and talk about her gym inspiration, motivation and more. Check out the first part of our interview below!
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How did you first fall in love with fitness and health?
I was into fitness when I was a kid. I was athletic, but I really didn't do anything with it then. I was a bit of a mess, I was all over the place and didn't have any direction or self confidence. I suffered from pretty bad depression for most of my early years, probably until my mid-twenties -- I'm almost 32 now. But I just got sick of being that way, so I decided to take control of my life and make changes. It took time, it wasn't an overnight process. Every day I had to make an effort to make those changes.
I was about 24 or 25, and then I started blogging what I was doing. I was sharing with people on social media what I was eating, and the training I was doing, and everything I was experiencing at the time. I was very raw about it. I would talk about bad days and struggles I had, insecurities and all of those things. That's how my social media built up. I fell in love with what it did for me -- health and fitness changed my life. I'm not just saying that. It really did, I thought I was going to be the way I was before forever. I thought that I was stuck that way. I made those changes, and it felt amazing and then I had this passion for it, and I just wanted to spread it to everyone and tell the whole world, and hopefully they would be able to experience what I experience now. Here I am, years later getting out there and trying to spread this message to as many people as I can.
How do you decide what health and fitness tutorials and tips to put out onto your different social media networks and blog?
I guess it comes from what I've been through and what I've experienced and also what other people ask for. I'm very interactive and I'm commenting and reading everything and getting back to as many people as I can. Obviously, with 12 million followers it's hard, but I get back to as many as I can. I do read a lot and take their feedback and suggestions. I think about what I want to see and when I first started out what would I want to see on a page. I want to give out something valuable, not just post a photo and saying 'hey everyone I'm fit.' It has to be more than that, it has to have substance. That's why underneath every photo I'll talk about something that's informative, or I'll share something that I've been through so that people actually get something from it.
What about your videos specifically? What's your inspiration behind those?
Then, there's the workout videos. I mean, who doesn't like free workout videos? I post those every day, and people love that. So, I put things out and gauge the feedback and then keep doing something if the feedback is good. I think one of the main things I stick to is being real with people. I just tell people how it is. When I first started I thought that these people who were the 'fitspos' lived perfect lives and they never made a mistake or skipped a gym session or ate a bad meal, but I can't live like that and neither can most people. I was always comparing myself not only to the way they looked, but to the way they lived their lives. It's just unattainable. That's why I will be honest and put out what I feel -- we all have bad days and you're going to feel what you're going to feel and if you're upset or angry go get it out of your system. Feel it. Don't shut it off. I think they like to see that I'm real -- I experience things like that but I can get through it to and I give people tips on how to do that.
What's the biggest challenge of working in the fitness/health/beauty space?
There are a few different challenges. I would say the biggest one for me is that I want to be able to meet everyone. Now, the bigger I grow online, the more I want to get to know people. I'm online so much and I meet people and hear their stories all the time -- I might meet people at the airport, or wherever -- and they share a little about themselves, but they know so much about me. It's hard. It's something I struggle with because I just want to be friendly with everyone and it's impossible.
I also used to do the whole comparison thing, and strive to be perfect or be what everyone wanted me to be. You can't. We're all human we're all flawed, but it took me a long time to learn that and put it into action and actually understand what it meant. I just have to be me, and if they don't like it, well you can't please them all. My intentions are to do something positive to help people, and I try to stick to that.
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