You don’t need money to get in shape | Health
Passionate about fitness and health, fitness influencer Sapna Vyas guides people on how to lose weight and get healthier without pills, diets or surgery. His fitness journey is a testament to the fact that you can achieve your fitness goals with determination and rigorous training.
Can you tell us about your childhood?
I was born and raised in Ahmedabad. I was an introverted kid, even though I participated in all extracurricular activities like dress-up and group dancing. My dad used to write the scripts and I would just learn them and on the day of the event or competition say them out loud. Thanks to my father, he wrote and I said everything I had learned in front of the public.
Who was your biggest influence growing up?
Due to my shyness, I had few friends but I wasn’t the one who made a lot of decisions or planned to date, I was in my own world and my dad was my biggest influence growing up. He likes to read and he is like a human library, he teaches. Even today, he is an active learner. When I was a child, I used to attend many seminars where he spoke and I listened. Honestly, I wouldn’t understand at all because things were really different back then. From economics to political dialogue, he talked about everything and I understood nothing. But just because I was there, I think I got a lot of other nuances, like how to deal with stage fright. When you have the right influence, you learn more just by observing. I learned a lot from just watching my parents rather than guiding you on what to do and what not to do. My greatest blessing was that my parents never imposed anything on me, but rather acted in such a way that it inspired me to be like them.
What did you want to become as a child?
Ohh, I had no idea! (Laughs)
When did you decide to become a fitness influencer, what made you go in this direction?
As a child, I survived on junk food. I loved everything from chocolates, ice cream to chips like any other kid. Eventually, I gained a lot of weight because of my poor food decisions. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then completed my MBA in marketing. I had no idea that I wanted to be in the fitness or nutrition business because I myself was struggling with my weight. I never even imagined that I would get into this industry.
I lost weight when I was in college and documented my entire fitness journey in a video and posted it on YouTube. That’s when my friends noticed it and started asking me for the secret and tips for losing weight. Due to the power of social media, many unknown people started asking me for advice.
Frankly, I was the guinea pig of my weight loss journey and tried and experienced everything on my own. I started reading, learning and implementing things and that’s how I lost weight. But when it comes to telling others how to lose weight, I felt it was very important for me to be qualified before telling someone else what to do. I am a Certified Weight Management Specialist and Health Coach with the American Council on Exercise. I also took certifying courses on behavior management and sports nutrition. So, I kept learning and that’s how I started helping others too. So, I think it was a transition that I never anticipated. My goal was never to enter the fitness field. But it happened to me, it was my calling.
When did you start your journey on social networks? When did you realize you wanted to be a content creator?
I lost 33 kg of weight and posted the stories on social media. I had no idea what a fitness influencer was. Also, I had no idea if I could really influence people to become better. There is a perception that only stars, celebrities and star children can lose and maintain their weight. Also, there are many gimmicks floating around when it comes to weight loss that one can lose weight in a jiffy. So my intention of going on social media was to encourage people to say that if an ordinary person like me can lose weight, anyone can lose weight in a healthy way. You don’t have to be a star kid to lose weight, you have a lot of money to spend, you can lose weight by simply following a disciplined lifestyle, with consistency and patience. So, I wanted to share my photos and videos on social networks.
Now, if I became famous, it’s only because of the love of the people I’m connected with. I have no role in this. It was the constant love, support and encouragement from people I met on social media that started connecting with me on social media. So, whoever I am today is thanks to people who believed in me, supported me, and started to know more about me.
Any tips you suggest for mental health?
Mental or emotional health refers to your general psychological well-being. This can include how you feel about yourself, the quality of your relationships, and your ability to manage your feelings and deal with difficulties. Mental health and physical health are very closely related. Mental health plays a major role in your ability to maintain good physical health.
1. Connect with other people
Feeling close to and valued by others is a basic human need that contributes to proper functioning. Social relationships are essential to promote the well-being of people of all ages. They give you the opportunity to share positive experiences. Provide emotional support and allow you to support others.
As much as possible, make time each day to be with your family, for example, try to set a fixed time to have dinner together, organize a day with friends you haven’t seen in a while. Try turning off the TV to talk with your kids, friends, or family. Visit a friend or family member who needs support or companionship.
2. Be physically active
Being active isn’t just good for your physical health and fitness. It can also improve your mental well-being by boosting your self-esteem, causing chemical changes in your brain that can help positively change your mood. Regular physical activity can help reduce depression and anxiety in all age groups. Exercise is essential to slow age-related cognitive decline and to promote well-being. But it doesn’t have to be particularly strenuous to feel great, slower activities like walking can have the added benefit of encouraging social interaction as well as exercise.
Here are some ideas:
• Take the stairs, not the elevator.
• Walk to work – perhaps with a colleague – so you can connect too.
• Get off the bus one stop earlier than usual and walk the last part of your
trip to work.
• Do “easy exercises,” like stretching, before you go to work in the morning.
• Walk to someone’s office instead of calling or texting.
3. Learn new skills
Learning new skills can also improve your mental well-being by building self-confidence and increasing self-esteem, helping you develop a sense of purpose, and helping you connect with others. There are many ways to incorporate learning into your life. Continuous learning and developing new hobbies throughout life improves your mental health and encourages social interaction and a more active life.
Here are some ideas:
• Create a book club.
• Do a crossword or sudoku.
• Research something you’ve always asked for. • Learn a new language or a sport or how to paint.
• Learn to cook something new.
• Mentor your juniors.
• Write a blog
4. Acts of Kindness
Acts of giving and kindness can help improve your mental well-being by creating positive feelings and a sense of reward, giving you a sense of purpose and self-worth, as well as helping you connect. with other people. These can be small acts of kindness towards other people or bigger ones like volunteering for a cause.
5. Pay attention to the present moment
Paying more attention to the present moment can improve your mental well-being. This includes your thoughts and feelings. You can also call this awareness mindfulness. Mindfulness can help you enjoy life better and understand yourself better. It can positively change your perception of life and your approach to challenges.
Here are some ideas:
• Get a plant for your workspace.
• Have a clear day.
• Observe how your colleagues are feeling or behaving. • Take a different route to and from work.
• Visit a new place for lunch.
What was your family’s reaction? How supportive were they?
My parents and my family never had any problems. Basically, I never had a plan, all of these things were organic. It just happened. One thing leads to another. They saw me through the weight loss process and then I helped others, being active on social media, so everyone was very supportive of me. I like to keep my social media life separate from my real life. My friends know me for who I am and not for my fame. Nothing has ever changed in terms of support from my friends and family.
What are your future plans?
I believe in Krishna’s philosophy, “Karm Kar, Phal ki chinta mat kar. I’m a big believer in doing things and not planning. Things just happen to me. So far, things have always gone well. From an introvert, I turned into an extrovert. I give seminars, I talk to so many people, I never dreamed of it myself. I will continue to put forth my sincere efforts, my ultimate goal is to help others achieve their fitness goals and to be someone who is there to support, mentor, guide them as that is always an added benefit to be guided by someone who knows the fine details of a particular thing. I want to share my journey with others so they can enjoy it.
I keep learning new things and I will keep moving forward.