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A Pair of Nike Shoes Launched This Fitness Entrepreneur’s Wellness Journey 8 Years Ago

The pursuit of health can seem discouraging when shopping for groceries at a high-end supermarket or trying to find a gym membership that fits your budget. Still, Naomi Uwaka took a simple step to invest in her wellness journey — she bought a pair of shoes. Since then, the 26-year-old from Lagos, Nigeria, has found continued joy in fitness and launched Scorpion Fit, a sustainable activewear brand. Keep reading to learn more about our April 2021 photo contest winner.

Girl in the sun on yoga mat

Tell us how your winning photo came about?

I was feeling invigorated and at peace after a great workout outside in the cool breeze. I decided to capture the moment in a brief recording. The photo is actually a screenshot of a video!

Please briefly share your fitness journey with us.

I’m a bit over eight years into my fitness journey. It all started my freshman year of college when I bought myself a pair of Nike running shoes for Christmas. I didn’t know much about fitness, but I was excited to explore something new. I was amazed at how in tune I felt with myself through exercise, and the rest was history. 
Various forms of exercise bring me joy in their unique way – dancing, resistance training, heavy lifting, biking, hiking, and walking all have their special place in my lifestyle. I’m excited to see how my fitness journey evolves as I continue to learn and grow.

We believe fitness + friendship = FUN! What is your favorite group fitness workout?

Definitely dance classes! There’s nothing like letting loose to good music with the squad.

While working out is essential, so is eating the right foods. What is your go-to pre-workout meal? How do you refuel after a workout?

I like to keep my pre-workout snack light, so my go-to is Greek yogurt with a side of fruit and almonds.
After working out, I often refuel with a hearty meal containing lean protein, carbs, and veggies. One of my favorite combos is well-seasoned roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, and broccolini. Plus lots of water!

What is one item that is always in your gym bag?

I always have my resistance bands – it makes it easy to get in a great workout anywhere! 

What are your top 3 fitness Instagram accounts to follow?

@chaneldelisser,  @nicci_robinson, and @massy.arias

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

Umm, I’m left-handed… is that exciting? Haha. I was also born in the UK!

What are the top three goals you hope to accomplish in life?

My goals are to live a life full of passion and exploration, inspire others to do the same, and continuously collect stories that help me learn more about myself and the world around me. 

What does PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT mean to you?

We are active, vibrant women here to take up space and enjoy every second of it while supporting each other in being our best selves.

Since PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, what is your favorite deodorant?

Degree Dry Spray is currently my favorite deodorant. I’m in the market for natural deodorants that can keep up with me, so hit your girl up if you have recommendations! 

Favorite quote:

“Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.” – Maya Angelou

How can readers stay in touch with you on social media?

You can follow me on Instagram at @itsnohmi and! Don’t be shy to message me to connect!

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