Jade Picon is a Brazilian teenager whose captivating Instagram page garnered a great deal of attention over the last year. Though her star rose modestly on other social media platforms, it skyrocketed on PumpUp. Jade joined PumpUp in August 2014 and used the app to keep track of her health and fitness goals. She since amassed a massive following of over 10,000 members, many of whom look up to her as a role model. PumpUp's positive fitness community gives Jade the motivation to stay physically and mentally fit. In turn, she inspires others with her healthy and active lifestyle. PumpUp caught up with Jade to chat about how she maintains healthy habits and a healthy sense of self esteem.
Before Jade began her journey with PumpUp, her friends sparked her initial interest in health and fitness. "My friends lived such healthy lives and they always told me things like, 'Jade, you should start eating healthy and exercising'," she explained. Jade became more conscious about her lifestyle choices after she joined the PumpUp community. She strongly relies on a strong support system in order to stay organized and motivated. "My goal is to stay healthy," she insisted. "I don't want to lose weight, nor gain weight. PumpUp helped me to live a healthier life." Because Jade had to keep pace with a hectic school and work schedule, it was awfully difficult for her to take care of her body. "The greatest challenge that I faced in my health journey was definitely time," she lamented. "I couldn't find the time to be active. There were so many things I had to do! To solve this problem, I started to make lists so that I could organize my life according to smaller tasks."
Although Jade is constantly working on different projects, she assured that it is possible to stay healthy in spite of a busy schedule. "It was really hard at first," she shared. "But to be healthy, you need to exercise and eat well. A nutritionist helped me with my diet. After that, I just needed to organize my schedule so that I could find the time to work out. I love how easy it is to stay healthy with PumpUp."
Now that Jade is on vacation from school, she has more time to focus on her wellbeing. "Every day, I wake up at 9 am to exercise," she elaborated. "Working out is a great way to start my day. Another important factor is my diet. I have a schedule that tells me what I have to eat every day. Of course, I drink a lot of water." Her best advice for others who hope to live a more active lifestyle is to focus on eating healthy, exercising regularly, and to love your body as it is. "I maintain a healthy sense of self-esteem by loving myself first," she counselled. "When I'm having a bad day, I don't take pictures of myself and I look at my good pictures instead."
Jade's biggest motivation
My biggest motivation is Alessandra Ambrosio, a Brazilian top model! She has an incredibly healthy lifestyle!
Fun facts about Jade
My favorite sport is skateboarding and I love Japanese food!
Find out more about Jade Picon on her PumpUp page @jadepicon and on her Instagram! Motivate her with positive words of encouragement in the comments below!