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I haven't done a post about my workout routine in more than 2 years and even though it hasn't changed drastically, I still wanted to do an update along with my tips from working out from home during the quarantine. Here we go!

1. Running:
I've been running on and off for the past 6 years and this is definitely my favorite form of exercise. I love how I feel after a good old run and I love to challenge myself each run to improve my time, even if it doesn't always happen (of course). I usually go for a 5km run 1-2 times a week and I can definitely feel how much of an impact it has on my mental (and physical) health.

2. Hula hopping:
Yes, you read it right. I'm a regular hula-hooper. I started practicing it as a form of exercise  4 years ago after my model agent suggested it to me and I haven't stopped ever since. It improved my stamina, it's strengthed my core and the most important of all: it's a fun and easy way to exercise. I invested in a weighted hula hoop a couple of years ago to put the bar higher and I absolutely love it. I usually hula hoop 2 times a week for an hour each time while watching Korean dramas (lol) and it's a perfect way to take a break between studying.

3. Workout videos for abs:
The only workout videos that I follow are the Chloe Ting workout videos for abs. If you've never heard of her before, you have to check her out, she is definitely the one who gave me my abs haha. I try to do a different video from her workouts each time I do abs, which is usually 2-3 times a week after one of my other exercises above.
4. Arms:
I've had extremely skinny arms all my life and even when I gained weight, it was never the area where it went to. Even though my arms are a LOT stronger ever since I'm traveling alone and have to carry my 45kgs+ luggage and groceries all by myself, they still don't exactly look the way I want them to. I'm not trying to be super muscular on my arms or anything crazy, it's more just about wanting to feel stronger in general, so I usually just do this workout for arms video for about 1-2 times a week.

5. Walking:
I've been going on an hour-long afternoon walk every day for many years now and it's probably my favorite part of the day. In Paris, I try to skip some metro stations and walk instead as much as I have time for it and I can't tell how much of a difference it makes in my day, when I start it out with a 20-minute walk instead of the public transportation. I love listening to music and imaging all kinds of things (haha) while going on my daily walk so if you wish to get into it as well, definitely listen to your favorite songs while walking.
5. Diet:
You know how they say that "80 percent diet20 percent exercise"? Well, yes, it's true. I went vegetarian in 2012 before turning completely vegan in 2015 and this is the diet that I've been following ever since. I'm not saying that the way I eat is THE perfect way to eat, but it is perfect for me and for what I'm currently doing in my life. I try to eat as many whole foods as I can, a lot of veggies, fruits and starches. I definitely still have those days (hello midterm exams) when I'm not eating the healthiest and end up having a whole jar of peanut butter in one seat, but I believe that we also need those days and to not be too hard on ourselves if we are not eating "perfectly". 

In general, I think that both diet and exercise are very personal things and there isn't ONE lifestyle that works for everyone. You just have to experiment a little bit and find what's best for you and do not be too hard on yourself if you're not doing what everybody else seems to do be doing on the internet. It's your journey and you shouldn't compare yourself to anyone, you're perfect the way you are and you're free to do whatever you want. Love yourself first and that will lead you to the perfect choices - perfect for YOU personally and for your goals in life.

Hope you found this post helpful, I wish you guys a beautiful day and Easter, stay safe and stay healthy! Xx

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