Influencer Aminatu Yusuf Shares Tips Ranging From Her Top At-Home Workouts to Starting A Successful IG
"Just be yourself. There are so many influencers, but there are none like you."
Continuing our efforts to amplify Black voices - we had an inspiring chat with health and wellness guru and content creator Aminatu Yusuf. Here's her story:
What drew you toward being an Influencer?
I started my journey as an influencer for accountability. My sister and close friends all moved out of the Bay Area at the same time and I felt so alone. I became sad and withdrawn; started gaining weight and losing my light. The day I started my account was my way of chronicling my journey back to myself. Social media gave me a way to show up for myself and to make myself into the person who I wanted to be – “making Meena.” I found a network of people who were also committed to making themselves better through health, wellness, and wholeness. They kept me accountable to myself and supported me when I needed it the most.
Do you have any beginner-friendly tips for aspiring content creators?
Just be yourself. There are so many influencers but there are none like you. When people are scrolling through Instagram, they are looking for something real. Think about what makes you unique and think about your “why” – it will always lead you to meaningful content.
As a health and wellness guru, what’s your favorite workout we can do from home?
Honestly, walking. I love HIIT workouts, yoga, and Peloton, but walking is the simplest and least expensive way to get moving. I began walking to work because it was SO much cheaper than Uber. But those 20 minutes were just enough time to clear my mind and listen to empowering podcasts, and I dropped 20 pounds without even trying.
Any clean eating tips you can share for those of us who are new to the game, or unfamiliar?
Unprocess your diet, one item at a time. One easy place to start is with dressings and sauces – they pack a ton of hidden added sugar and sodium. Replace salad dressing with one tablespoon of olive oil and lemon/orange juice. Use Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. Try romaine lettuce or endive instead of taco shells. And learn how to read the nutrition labels!
As a Black Creator, what are your favorite black-owned brands whose products you can’t live without? (Including health and wellness products, if you’d like!)
I love the Honey Pot for organic alternatives for feminine products. The Gymwrap is a must-have to preserve your hair while working out. Mielle Organics keeps my hair moisturized and healthy. Black Girl Sunscreen is essential for outdoor workouts. Black Girl Green House is my local plant shop; they make my house feel like a home.
Follow Aminatu on IG for more inspo!