Fitness entrepreneur Cassey Ho knows how to make our health our true wealth. The American social-media fitness entrepreneur has her youtube channel blogilates where she has almost 3 million subscribers. Cassey features lively workouts, nutritional advice and so much more. Her colourful nutritious recipes like the ones below make eating healthy seem exciting.
The award winning fitness instructor shared last year with Health Magazine how she has managed to stay consistent with her fitness for so long.
What is the first piece of get-healthy advice you would give us?
Find a workout you love. A lot of times people are like, “CrossFit is in, so I am going to do CrossFit,” but it’s not right for everyone. Neither is yoga or Pilates. When you wake up and you cannot wait to get going, that is the workout for you. You’ll stick to it, it won’t feel like a chore, and then everything else will fall into place. You’ll start losing weight and you’ll feel less stressed—less stress will mean less cortisol, and you know, for women, stress leads you to hold extra fat in your lower belly.
You make it sound so easy.
You just have to get on track. You don’t have to feel good while you are doing it. Once you get through a workout, you should feel exhausted, but also strong. Build on that the next day!
What do you love most about exercise?
Working out makes me feel so victorious and like I can do anything. I love that it’s not dependent on anything but you and how far you want to go.
You’ve built a pretty impressive brand. What’s your secret?
I always tell people to just get started. That’s what I did. I was working a job in a toxic environment and I wasn’t happy, so I quit. The only plan I had was to believe in myself. A lot of people stay stuck, but you are the CEO of your own life, and you can make it what you want it to be. Seriously, just get your message out there. Everyone has a smartphone, and there are so many avenues—Instagram, Snapchat, YouTube.
What mind-set will help us succeed with our New Year’s goals?
Even though you are on a weight-loss journey, you have to realize that you may not be happy when you get there, so you need to love your body and every step along the way. This is not about vanity; it’s about finding the joy in working out and making it your lifestyle.
Did you always know you wanted a career in fitness?
My dad wanted me to be a doctor, but I had no passion for that. I wanted a different career, but he told me that I would fail. I was 16! He said I was dishonoring the family. We stopped talking for a few years. It was crazy stuff that could break a person, and it almost broke me. But I knew that I had to live for myself. Now my dad brags about me, and both my parents are very happy for me.
Do you ever feel pressure to stay camera-ready?
Absolutely. I feel the pressure to look a certain way every single day. And I get it—I am a fitness instructor. But there are some people who think that because I don’t have six-pack abs, I am not a great instructor. That has nothing to do with my 10 years of experience of teaching. It has nothing to do with all of the lives I’ve changed.
Staying consistent with your nutrition can be very difficult but not with Cassey Ho because she gives you all the tips and recipes you need to avoid slacking on your fitness. Her book Hot Body Year-Round: The POP Pilates Plan to Get Slim, Eat Clean, and Live Happy Through Every Season has done extremely well, everybody is in love with it.