How BTS helped me lose 7 lbs. in two months

It’s been a little over three months since I started following Korean super group BTS; and while some may think I’m wasting my time fangirling over them, I say it’s just my way of coping with the pandemic.

So far, being an ARMY has proven to be beneficial for me. Aside from giving me good vibes through their music and social media content, as well as amaze and inspire me with their hard work and dedication for their craft, they have somehow pushed me to take care of my body again.

I’ve never been the type to be overly conscious of my body. For as long as I don’t get sick, I just go and eat what I want and do what I want. One month into the quarantine, I knew I was going overboard. I was already overweight pre-pandemic, but things just turned worse as my clothes got even tighter than they already were and I just felt heavy and weak overall.

I knew that’s not going to end well for me, health-wise, if I continued living a sedentary lifestyle.

It may not be much, but 7 lbs. off is a progress worth celebrating for me. Seven months ago, I couldn’t even dare tuck this Uniqlo x Hello Kitty shirt because then all my flabs would show! Now I feel more confident in my clothes, and with BTS-like consistency and dedication in my wourkout, I know I’ll be able to reach my goal weight in no time.

Then I learned about BTS’ Suga doing intermittent fasting, so I decided to give it a try. A friend of mine, who’s also a BTS fangirl, recommended I use the Zero App so I can track my fasting schedule.

The good thing about intermittent fasting is it doesn’t deprive you from eating the food you like. It only limits your eating time to an eight-hour timeframe allowing your body to burn up excess fat while you fast. Of course, as with any diet, you still need to make a conscious effort to choose healthier options over junk food, but at least you don’t feel guilty about having a few cheat snacks from time to time.

To complement my 16:8 IF (I fast for 16 hours and eat within the eight-hour time frame, which I set between 11:15 AM to 7:15 PM), I made a commitment to start working out daily. I started small by following a 15-minute yoga routine I found on Youtube just to keep my bones and muscles from stiffening up.

As days passed, I gradually increased my physical activity to include more yoga routines, some basic toning exercises, and simple dance cardio routines using BTS songs. Eventually, I was able to develop my own workout plan, which goes for almost two hours including warm up and cool down, which I now diligently do every day.

In case you’re interested to see what my yoga workout routine looks like, you can follow my workout playlist on Youtube:

To see all the videos in this playlist, tap the menu button on the upper right corner of the player screen.

I initially warm up to the song “Seoul,” which I included on my Spotify playlist (see below). I just do some typical warm up exercises like neck rolls, shoulder rolls, arm stretch, side body stretch, fold forward stretch, ankle rolls, and quadricep stretch, then the rest of the song I spend doing child’s pose — exercises to stretch the spine and loosen up the joints.

The first three yoga tutorial videos on my Youtube playlist are what I used to create my own beginner’s yoga flow routine. I used to follow all three videos to a tee when I was starting out, but I found it more enjoyable to do them with BTS songs playing in the background.

I simply picked out some of the moves and poses that I liked to create a seven-part routine. I used the songs “Dimple,” “Pied Piper,” “Paradise,” “Trivia: Seesaw,” Euphoria,” “Respect,” and “134340” as breathing and counting guide for these exercises.

I finish off each song with different varieties of planking for extra core workout and full body strengthening. To transition from yoga flow to toning workouts, I do sun salutations using the song “Filter” as my backdrop.

For toning, I’ve combined a variety of exercises such as donkey kicks, fire hydrants, leg raises, bicycle crunches, abdominal crunches, flutter kicks, frog press, side lying leg lifts, cobra stretches, in-and-outs, Russian twists, plie squats, and wall push ups.

To this set of exercises, I use the songs “Airplane Pt. 2,” “Dionysus,” “ON,” UGH!”, “Daechwita, “No More Dream,” and “We Are Bulletproof Pt. 2” to get me pumped. Here’s the Spotify playlist I use for this workout:

After this, I move on to my dance set, where I simply follow the steps in the videos in my Youtube workout playlist. Since I can’t dance like BTS (duh), I picked out simple Zumba and dance cardio workouts that use their songs instead. I’m currently following Live Love Party’s version of “Anpanman,” Sunny Funny Fitness’ “Fire” and Dope,” Mylee Dance’s “Chicken Noodle Soup,” and Kkardio Dance’s “Go Go” and “Idol.”

The only actual BTS choreography that I can dance so far is “Baepsae,” which I think is the easiest one out of all their routines. I was able to memorize this in just four days and I’m currently trying to learn the choreography to “MIC Drop” (crossing my fingers!). I end this segment of my workout routine by dancing freestyle to “Ego.”

BTS’ “Baepsae” is the easiest choreo to learn… and it’s quite fun, too!

Finally, I finish off with a 15-minute cool down routine, which is a modified version of the last video in my Youtube playlist. To this part, I use some of BTS’s slow ballads “Serendipity,” “Singularity,” “Stigma,” and “My Time.”

So far, I have lost seven pounds doing intermittent fasting and the two-hour yoga and dance workout daily for the past two months. From 149 lbs., I am now down to 142 lbs., which is still a far cry from the ideal body weight for my height and age, which is only 125-135 lbs., but at least I know that I’m making progress.

And this is all thanks to BTS!

Stay active at home with the help of Vivo

The summer heat and our current situation has probably put many of us into a slump. While understandable, such a lifestyle may not be sustainable in the long run.

Exercise has become more even important now that we cannot leave the house to do physical activities like jogging, playing sports, or going to the gym.

But there are many different ways we can stay active inside our homes. With a little help from your handy mobile phone, you can have tons of options to help you stay in shape this season:

Start with simple activities

It would be unwise to instantly go through rigorous exercises and programs without priming your body to go through them. Activate and engage your body through simple activities such as cleaning the house while listening to upbeat music. You can also try meditating just to make sure that your mind is in harmony with your body.

Head to Facebook for live workout videos

If motivation is what gets you going when it comes to workouts, try doing it together with other online users. Facebook pages of different gyms around the metro now offer both free and paid live online workout classes like yoga and shadow boxing that are sure to shed off a few “quarantine pounds”. If you’re not to keen on working out with strangers, you can always gather your friends for a video call workout session. Just make sure you actually work out and not end up having an “e-numan”–you can always do that at a different time.

Try Tik-Tok dance challenges

If conventional workout routines and exercises aren’t your thing, you can always try creating TikTok videos. Try engaging in a “dance workout” by trying out all the dance challenges created by users in the platform. You will actually sweat buckets trying to perfect the challenges over and over again.

Download Workout apps

The Vivo app store has workout apps that contain plenty of programs and exercises. Try apps that include High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) programs where you do a series of repetitions continuously with minimal rest time. While these apps promote quick workouts that last less than 10 minutes, do not be fooled–you will feel like you just ran a marathon.

These home-based exercise methods may not be the same as “maxing out” in the gym, but these are great ways to maintain an active lifestyle and fight off the urge to stress-eat during these unprecedented times.

All it takes are a few clicks. You can download the Facebook app and plenty of workout apps using the vivo app store, pre-installed in all Vivo mobile devices.