We all know about the allure of Instagram. Itâ€™s as if the app has cast a spell on the youth of the world, forcing our fingers to scroll endlessly through newsfeeds and popular pages. And, with a simple â€œAbra Cadabra,â€ lifeâ€™s scenic attractions have instantly transformed into photo shoots, where Insta-addicts attempt to snap the perfect photo for their feeds. In its infinite power, Instagram has also turned some into celebrities.
Famous for their tantalizing photos and lifestyle, Instagram celebs post anything from mouthwatering food pictures to motivational fitness tips. Celebrities of the latter group are more commonly known as â€œFitsagrammers,â€ and use their Insta-fame to inspire their followers to lead healthy lives.
WeÂ spoke to Fitstagrammer, Lilly Sabri, who hosted a fitness class & breakfast at the Whitworths Shots #GiveUsAShot launch event.
Verge: What inspired you to become a â€œfitstagrammerâ€?
Lilly Sabri:Â Because I was working in football, some of the footballers told me to set up an Instagram account. They said, â€œYou should monitor your progress and start showing people your fitness regime.â€ And then everything grew really, really organically. It came out of nowhere. People started following me and I was like â€œOh my G-d, Iâ€™ve got to keep posting more.â€ And basically I just loved being able to inspire other people to get fit and healthy, and to share my own knowledge of nutrition. Iâ€™ve got a lot of young girls following me and I think itâ€™s important to give them the right information. So, yeah itâ€™s really rewarding.
V: Was it difficult to find the motivation to eat healthy and work out every day?
LS:Â No, I think the key to it is to remain balanced. So, not to go crazy, but to keep that stable lifestyle year round. When you do want to have an unhealthy treat or snack donâ€™t deprive yourself of it, because thatâ€™s when you start resenting it- and basically youâ€™ll never end up having stability. So, the main thing I found is if I wake up in the morning and I start my day in the right wayâ€”with a juice or an exercise classâ€”then I get into a routine where I want to continue it. Whereas if I go down a slippery slope of having the â€œnaughty stuffâ€, I actually end up feeling really unhealthy and horrible. So I think once you get into a routine and make it your lifestyle itâ€™s actually easy.â€
V:Â What does your typical breakfast look like?
LS:Â I have a juice every single morning. I do have breakfast as well, but my favorite juice for example is carrot, ginger, apple, and ice cubes, which is amazing. So thatâ€™s the one that I have every single morning as kind of a cleanser and energizer. My normal breakfast would be rye bread, a poached egg, chili flakes, and spinach.
V: What does your typical workout consist of? Is it the same routine every day?
LS:Â So, I mix up my workoutsâ€”because otherwise, I get boredâ€”but my main thing is hit [High-Intensity Interval Training] training. Just because I find that you can do it on the go. You can do it anywhere, and you donâ€™t need equipment. And you can do 30-40 minutesâ€”sometimes even 20 minutesâ€” and still get the most insane workout. So, mine will normally beâ€”I donâ€™t train upper body that muchâ€”20 minutes worth of legs, 20 minutes worth of abs, and then a little bit of body weight stuff, which would be planks, etc. Iâ€™ll do hit exercise, which is 45 seconds on and 15 seconds off, for a solid 30 minutes. I donâ€™t enjoy spinning and I donâ€™t enjoy running, Iâ€™m a hit girl. Hit and palatesâ€”I donâ€™t enjoy anything thatâ€™s the same movement over and over again. I get bored. So I love classes. I love any type of class, whether itâ€™s a hot palates, hot yoga, or my own hit version that I do every single day.
V: Do you enjoy working out or is it just something that you do to be healthy?
LS:Â Itâ€™s a lifestyle. I love it. So, itâ€™s part of my lifestyle and it makes me feel great. When I look good, that makes me feel good. When I donâ€™t workout I feel tight, I feel like I get more injuries, and my body just doesnâ€™t feel right. I donâ€™t feel like me. And people will say â€œOh you look exactly the sameâ€ but I donâ€™t feel good. So I think thereâ€™s a fine line from going obsessive, where it becomes an addiction of such, but then thereâ€™s this lovely period and space where itâ€™s like a lifestyle. Itâ€™s a beautiful lifestyle, where youâ€™re eating healthily and socializing with other people who are in the health industryâ€”happy people who kind of want to motivate each other. Itâ€™s a really nice lifestyle to lead.
V: Do you have a pump-up playlist to get you motivated for a workout? What are your favorite songs on the playlist?
LS:Â Mine tend to be BeyoncÃ©, just because I find it really empowering. I work with a lot of women and so a lot of my classes tend to love any of the BeyoncÃ© type of stuff. I find it really uplifting. Itâ€™s got a solid beat. I have to have a really good beat because all of my classes and workouts are done to a timer and beat. So as long as I have that beat to keep me going, which is steady and not too fastâ€”some songs are a little too fastâ€”the BeyoncÃ© songs tend to work.
V: What advice can you give to people who are looking to get motivated to exercise and eat healthy?
LS:Â Be realistic. Thatâ€™s the main thing. So basically, set yourself a goal, but donâ€™t set yourself an unrealistic goal. Otherwise youâ€™re never going to achieve it. So set yourself a program, follow someone who you find really gives you inspiration, and then basically stick at it. So, what you want to do is have a hit programâ€”the same programâ€”that you can do 5 times a week (but make it realistic to your lifestyle). So if youâ€™re a home mum, you can do it at your house. If you have work, you can do it before work or in your lavish time. Find something that you enjoy- thatâ€™s so important. If you donâ€™t enjoy it, youâ€™re not going to stick at it. So find something you enjoy, workouts that you can do at home, and make it a realistic goal. In terms of nutrition, make sure that youâ€™ve got a balanced diet. And when you are out and aboutâ€”because most people are living a really active lifestyleâ€” make sure youâ€™ve got things for you. What tends to happen is if you donâ€™t carry healthy stuff, like these Shots, in your bag, then youâ€™re going to end up impulse buying stuff thatâ€™s unhealthy. So always have something to graze on. Have 8 small meals a day, rather than 3 big ones, because it keeps your metabolism going. So smaller meals more frequently.
V: What is your favorite part of being a fitstagrammer?
LS:Â Being able to motivate and inspire people. It really is that simple. Being able to have girls come up to me and say â€˜I watched your video and it inspired me and motivated me to work out and become fitâ€™ is so rewarding. I canâ€™t even explain it to you. When you see the people that are across the other side of the world have followed your programâ€”and theyâ€™ve got fit off the back of it and they are looking at you for inspirationâ€”is the most amazing thing ever.
Whitworths Shots are the easy to eat, tasty and healthier snackÂ â€“Â with less than 100 calories per pack.
To takeÂ part in the #GiveUsAShot 7 Day Snack Challenge, all you need to to is swap 14 snacks for Shots for a week.