Entrepreneur, business owner, personal trainer, and ‘blogger with a purpose’ Zanna Van Dijk is here to help positive change through personal and worldwide wellbeing. Sustainability, travel and lifestyle are some of Zanna’s usual blogging topics but right now, keeping her readers fit and well is the focus.
Whether you’re itching to get back out to the track to restart your training or you’re yet to start a regular fitness routine, read on for Zanna’s tips for keeping fit from your living room as well as what powers her motivation.
What keeps you enthusiastic about the fitness blogging sphere?
The feeling that I am helping people move their bodies in a positive way. I receive such lovely feedback about my fitness content and it warms my heart seeing people do my workouts every single day. It gives me a boost of motivation to continue!
What’s your favourite thing to post about and why?
I love to post a mix of content – of course, workouts and healthy meal inspiration, but also topics such as conscious living, sustainable swaps and responsible travel. I find covering diverse topics which interest me allows me to stay excited about what I am producing.
How have you had to change your approach and content now that people are self-isolating?
Of course, travel and London living is off the cards. I have shifted my focus to home workout content, as that is what my audience is crying out for right now and I am happy to provide it.
What exercises would you recommend people with a high-level of fitness swap in to their routine if they can’t get out to run/swim/cycle?
Try a HIIT workout – I have a tonne of high intensity workouts on my YouTube channel, which you can follow along with at home! If you have lots of energy, these are a great way to release it!
What routines are worth trying for those with a low level of fitness who want to start to improve it from home?
I would say to try the short IGTV real time workouts I share on my Instagram. These are all beginner friendly and are a maximum of 15 minutes, so you can do one or group a few together.
What household items are great for incorporating into a workout?
Fill a backpack with books and pop it on for squats, lunges and step ups! It is a great way to add extra load to your leg workouts.
With Mr Motivator making a comeback recently, who are some of your workout heroes from the past?
Mr Motivator himself! I met him a couple of times through my BBC podcast and interviewed him live in Manchester – what a legend he is. He is packed with positive energy!
How do you collaborate with brands, and which kind of brands do you really like working with?
I work with brands through my agent and always aim to establish long term partnerships that are well aligned with my ethos. I love to work with brands that have the same values as me – positive movement, plant-based eating, conscious living and responsible travel.
For PRs looking to work with you and your blog/website, how would you prefer they approach you and with what kind of content?
I would prefer them to approach me via email and to loop in my agent.
What other blogs are you checking out regularly during lockdown?
Right now, I am loving The Anna Edit. Her content is consistently high quality and reflects her fun personality.