Wellspo: Zanna Van Dijk
Zanna van Dijk is a 24 year old personal trainer, fitness blogger and author.
She published her first book Strong last December and hopefully maybe more on the way? She has a popular youtube channel, instagram and blog. Zanna is a positive role model to us all. She continues to inspire me daily and I was so pleased to have been able to grab a few minutes of her time to ask a few questions about her lifestyle....
What sparked your interest in health?
I became interested in health during my time at university. I was tired of being tired, and I wanted to improve my energy levels and brain function. I started following fitness bloggers on instagram and never looked back!
A typical day on your plate?
It varies every single day. I might start off with a smoothie asked full of banana, peanut butter, protein powder, cacao powder and almond milk. Then I often have eggs for lunch which could be in a veggie scramble on rye bread with feta. Then dinner is usually some sort of bean/legume concoction such as a lentil curry with brown rice. I snack constantly, usually on dates, peanut butter, apples or just plain nuts.
One food you could not live without?
Peanut butter! Specifically Pip and Nut Crunchy Maple peanut butter.
Have you a motto you live by?
If you have good thoughts they will shine our of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely - Roald Dahl.
Who and/or what inspires you?
I am inspired by the incredible people I can my friends. Especially one of my closest friends Naomi who somehow balances a full time degree, with a job, with a culture blog, with a social life, and still manages to be lovely through it all.
Your favourite type of exercise?
Handstands - because they are as fun as they are challenging.
How often do you exercise?
Anywhere from 3-6 times a week depending on my schedule!
How do you take care of your mental health?
By taking time away from my phone, and spending time with my books. My current favourite is the 52 List Project.
Some advice to your 16-year-old self?
Keep studying hard, that work ethic will pay off in the long run. People are nasty, don't let their behaviour upset you as it says more about them and their own insecurities than it does about you.
What are the key things you have learned in your journey into health and wellbeing?
That it is personal to everyone. There is no "one size fits all" when it comes to fitness. Take inspiration from others but always find your own path which suits your own personality, body and goals.