Emily Skye is a leading fit-fluencer, known for keeping it real across her social media. With over 2.6 million followers, the brunette beauty has rallied her traction for good reason. From being a source of inspiration to proving the glossy side of social media isn’t always as it seems, Emily’s confidence and down-to-earth nature make her total #goals.
A champion for women embracing themselves, especially after having her pregnant body scrutinised for the world to see, we caught up with Emily following the launch of her new Emily Skye Ignite classes with Good Life Health Clubs to chat all-things fitness inspiration, her new health habits, how to get out of a fitness lull, her top tips for kickstarting or rebooting your fitness journey & so much more.
‘When I first had Mia it was about listening to my body and making sure I wasn’t pushing myself too far or hard. Slowly as she’s gotten older now, I’ve been able to get back to heavier weights and trying to get my strength back that I lost throughout the pregnancy. If I was to say the biggest thing that’s changed though, it’s the time that I have to train. Where I used to be able to go whenever I could fit it in, now I have to work around Mia’s schedule. ‘
‘Physically, I’m trying to build my strength back up because I lost a lot of it throughout the pregnancy being unable to lift the heavy weights I was used to. With my mental health, the priority is always just to keep in check with myself and make sure I’m not getting down on myself when I can’t fit training in and not putting too much pressure on myself.’
‘At the moment I average working out around 2-3 times a week. Most people think that I work out 5-6 times a week but in reality, I believe fitness is a lifestyle approach so it’s about fitting it into your existing life and making healthy meal choices.’
‘I don’t think there’s any perfect time for a workout. In this day and age, I think it’s how can I do the shortest amount of time with the maximum results which is why my Ignite class is 30 minutes. I believe that anyone can fit in a 30-minute workout 3 times a week!’
‘Yes – depending on my schedule that week or potentially where I am in the world it can be really difficult. But it’s about balance and making sure that you fit it in when you can but not getting down on yourself when you can’t.’
When I’m feeling down, fitness is always my go to. I love the way it makes me feel but if for some reason I can’t get a workout in, I like to do something that I enjoy for example a few years ago when I was struggling to be motivated, I learned a hip hop dance routine from YouTube. It was silly but it was something fun and got me focused again and that re-motivated me to get back into the things that I love most.’
‘My diet hasn’t changed a great deal. I’ve always eaten really simple food, mainly because I have quite a lot of intolerances which means that simple foods like salmon, green veggies and sweet potato don’t bloat me and so you’ll find me regularly eating those.’
‘My biggest tip is making an appointment with yourself. Just like you make an appointment with your hairdresser, make an appointment with yourself in your diary to go to the gym or workout, etc. My second tip is to start by finding something you love. A lot of people think you need to start by going and doing a 60-minute workout in the gym when if you’re restarting after a while you’re probably better off going for a walk or joining a local sports team. Or even as simple as parking further away from the door at the local supermarket or taking the stairs. It’s about incremental progress and integrating that into your lifestyle not changing your entire life overnight.’