Red Velvet’s Yeri Talks About Her Healthy Habits, How Exercise Changed Her Life, And More
Yeri appeared especially excited during the photo shoot as she was able to pose in her favorite everyday clothes—Lululemon activewear. “When I heard news of the photo shoot I couldn’t believe it,” she said. “Every time I exercise, I wear Lululemon clothes that I bought with my own money. I couldn’t even imagine that I would be taking photos for Vogue like this, so I’m really happy.”
Yeri, who is currently filming for the web drama “Blue Birthday,” mentioned that she had just filmed a crying scene the day before her Vogue interview. When asked what she did the morning after her crying scene, Yeri replied, “I did Pilates. I always have to exercise before a photo shoot. It’s become a habit. As my mind and body wake up I feel more refreshed and energized. Of course, I also have breakfast.”
As for what’s on her breakfast menu, Yeri shared that she drinks a beverage that she makes herself by mixing ghee, coconut oil, and almond milk. “I also drink detox water that has dried fruit in it as soon as I wake up,” she added. “It’s a method recommended by my Pilates instructor. You end up drinking more water and it supposedly balances your electrolytes.”
When the interviewer commented that Yeri’s name has nearly become synonymous with “Pilates,” Yeri shared how the form of exercise became a turning point for her when she was in her early twenties.
She revealed, “When my Pilates instructor first saw me, they said I looked down and depressed. I was having a difficult time emotionally back then. I thought that exercise would be difficult the more you sweat, but after working out day after day I had the thought that it was ‘refreshing’ rather than ‘tiring.’ From that moment on, I ended up doing it consistently. After keeping up with the habit, there were many changes that happened. The biggest change was that my mind and body felt much more stable.”
When the interviewer commented on one of Yeri’s recent Instagram posts where she had written the caption “Mind body connection,” Yeri offered an explanation. “I had the experience that you have to move your body in a healthy way in order for your mind to become healthy. When I had no interest in exercise I didn’t know anything about that connection,” she admitted.
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Yeri continued, “I used to wake up without even properly opening my eyes and drag myself through all the events on my schedule, but I don’t think I knew what I was even doing then. Nowadays I wake up and have a healthy meal, and if I have something on my schedule I have to work out. I’m working on my mind and body with the mindset of ‘Let’s wake up in a refreshing way.'”
The interviewer expressed surprise at Yeri’s ability to perform advanced movements, which led Yeri to reveal with a laugh that when she first began Pilates, she was remarkably bad at it. In order to improve, Yeri said, “I started making a log of videos with my instructor to check my movements in more detail.” She also expressed the sense of achievement and novelty she feels whenever she observes her own improvement.
Yeri noted that although she had always been flexible, she realized that because she had no muscle she felt wobbly, laughing as she said, “I was like a gummy!” Yeri went on to confess, “Since I had no self-confidence back then, I used to wear workout clothes that provided more cover. However, it was difficult to see the changes in my body that way, so I wore various other workout clothes in order to increase my confidence. I ended up naturally observing my own body more and found myself wanting to work on certain areas more. After changing up my workout clothes I was able to sense the changes in my body.”
When asked what she finds to be most important while exercising, Yeri pointed to three things. “My top priority is the clothes I exercise in,” she noted. “Since I’m always looking in the mirror while exercising, the appearance factor is important. Also, if my outfit is too tight or thick, then it gets sticky with sweat and I feel uncomfortable and can’t move as well. That’s why I like Lululemon. It feels as comfortable and light as my own skin, so I don’t even feel like I’m wearing clothes.”
For her second and third priorities when it comes to exercising, Yeri selected an exercise space that offers a sense of stability and a good atmosphere with the people she’s exercising together with.
Moving on to a discussion of Yeri’s current drama, she revealed that she had a nosebleed the day after her first day of filming. “It was very mentally taxing and used up more strength than I had been expecting,” she said. “It was like that at the beginning, but I gathered my wits and pulled myself together. I started working out more vigorously, and I’m diligently taking multivitamins. I watch what I’m eating, but I definitely can’t starve myself. I think a lot about menu items I can eat that are both healthy and delicious.”
When the interviewer expressed curiosity about whether or not she cooked, Yeri responded, “Recently I’ve been into making salads. I eat salads with arugula, avocado, tomatoes, coconut milk and oil, as well as mozzarella cheese.”
Although she used to assume that dishes full of vegetables were tasteless, Yeri said that her mindset changed one day when she was eating instant food and thought, “Am I really loving myself by doing this?” She elaborated, “It was after deciding to think about how to love myself that I started exercising and making more healthy meals.”
Yeri emphasized that all of her insights came from when she began to look inwards and scrutinize herself. “After working out and eating mostly healthy foods, I started naturally gaining more interest in skincare, so I’m doing a face mask every day. Although it’s not anything fancy, I feel like I’m perfecting myself through building up lifestyle habits one by one.”
Yeri concluded the interview with a message of strength and encouragement to readers as she shared, “My healthy lifestyle was created when I started loving myself. We’re all going through a difficult time, and I especially feel like my peers are forgetting how to look after and love themselves. Don’t neglect yourself. Take more interest in yourself.”
Watch Yeri’s talk show “Yeri’s Room” with subtitles here: