With only a few days remaining in 2016, now is the time to seek new inspiration and motivation for 2017. While social media can be consuming and looked at as an unhealthy habit, it can also be a resource for new information. There is an entire network of brands, studios, trainers and fitness enthusiasts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram encouraging and supporting one another by sharing tips, motivation and information to help energize their community of followers.
As a writer and instructor, it’s my job to find workout inspiration and to stay on top of new trends so I’m constantly researching new content to explore. Personally, Instagram is my place for “you’ve got this” motivation every morning, and my source for new exercises and strength training moves that I incorporate into classes.
While I hope that aSweatLife is your go-to resource for health, wellness and happiness advice (wink, wink); I also recognize the value in connecting with a community of like-minded people that provide different motivation than what aSweatLife might have to offer. As you look to head into the New Year with your head high, workout ambition on overdrive and happiness being your top priority – I thought now was a great time to share with you some of the people and Instagram feeds that inspire me everyday.
These accounts inspire me to write new content, explore different trends in wellness, wake up every day with a positive attitude and simply get it done when it’s time to sweat. From funny to serious, workout tips to wellness mantras, here are some of my favorite (fit) Instagram accounts to follow, with a bit about how and why they resonate with me:
The Balanced Blonde: This feed curated by blogger Jojo Younger will give you a healthy dose of yoga inspiration with a side of nutrition trends and wellness products to check out for an all around balanced life.
Gratitude post •• as I near the tail end of my 500-hours of training with Yogaworks, I am consumed with emotion, reflection & ultimately so much deep gratitude for the practice of yoga. Yoga saved me when I was fifteen years old. The word “save” might sound like a lot, but holy shit it *was* a LOT. It was the first time I ever, ever felt fully in my body. Fully released from anxiety. Fully immersed in something outside of my own head + the crap I was going through. Now I am grateful for a whole heck of a lot, because yoga has taught me to be ME. Sometimes it freaks me out how radically different my life is from a “normal” life with a “normal” job and everything that goes along with those things… and I guess I love being freaked out by that every day. It drives me to no end. Now, teaching yoga sets my soul on FIIIIIRE in such a big, huge way. It helps me appreciate and love my body for everything it is — down to every beautiful imperfection. I hope as I grow in this journey as a teacher (and forever student) I will get to practice and flow with all of you (if you’ll be at @thegoodfest or @happinessretreatsb, my classes @socalhotyoga, or my @kineticbodybrentwood event this wknd… then we WILL flow so soon & I can’t wait ). What does your yoga mean to you?? So powerful. So happy. // : @sfreneenyc // #tbbmademedoit #tbbyoga #soulonfire
Gabby Bernstein: Recognized as the Spirit Junkie, her posts provide easy, digestible, thought provoking quotes and phrases to shift your perspective. She also provides insight into trainings, books and lectures on mindfulness and meditation. I often find myself diving deeper into her content beyond what she posts on instagram.
Well+Good: This site provides a little bit of everything. Lifestyle hacks, new workout trends, motivating quotes and a plethora of new products and gear to check out. It’s my pulse for what’s new on the health and wellness scene.
Sincerely AMC: If you ever land in NYC, check out her feed for studio inspiration. She’s constantly on the go checking out different classes, while looking super stylish. I get serious athleisure envy with every post.
Whitney English: She’s a soon-to-be Registered Dietitian/nutritionist, posting about healthy eats and fun workouts, while writing content for her blog To Live and Diet in LA. She’s authentic, adventurous and reminds me that fitness should also be a fun activity.
#Bread ❤ 100% whole wheat, organic, long-fermented, non-leavened artisan bread Not some dry, crumbly cardboard-tasting slice of lifeless, soulless grain/gluten/happiness-free imposter – REAL BREAD I got this delicious, chewy loaf at Grand Central Market in downtown LA the other day from a vendor that naturally ferments their dough (no fast-acting yeast) for a minimum of 24 hours + I have fallen in love It’s amazing the difference between real bread + store bought “whole wheat” products – it’s no wonder #wheat has gotten such a bad rap! If you’ve turned your back on this incredibly nourishing God-given grain because you think it’s somehow “bad” for you, give REAL bread a try + maybe it will change your mind #whitskitch #eatrealfood
Nutrition Stripped: This feed will give you a bright perspective on overall well being. It’s a great resource for nutrition information (coming from a registered dietitian), simple recipes and fitness motivation.
Kira Stokes Fit: A New York based trainer, Kira doesn’t go a day without posting a challenging and creative STOKED workout move of the day. Her STOKED training method is taught at Studio B in New York, but you get a good glimpse through her feed, with moves you can do at the gym or on the go.
Kate Lemere: She’s a kick a$$, no frills, Barry’s Bootcamp instructor based in Chicago. The best part about Kate is she reminds you that an hour workout is only four percent of your day. Now think about that?
The calm before the storm >>>But I’ve got those butterflies. The hour ahead is about YOU. Your success. Your goals. Your time. And nothin’ feels as good as the magic that’s about to go down. #joblove… . . . . #FitnessMotivation #Fitspo #GetFit #NoExcuses #FitnessGoals #FitFam #FitLife #Fitness #workout #goals #inspiration #motivation #workout #myfourpercent #girlswholift #strongissexy #thefourpercent #abs #gains #goals #bodybybarrys #buyitatbarrys #barryschicago #barrysbootcamp
NYC Running Momma: For all of you endurance athletes, follow Michele. She’s a mother of two, financial analyst and a serious athlete. Her posts remind you that training isn’t easy for anyone ( she’s an extremely fast marathon runner), but with perseverance and grit, you can achieve your goals. She’s always very open and honest with each training day.
Betty Designs: For the triathletes, or wannabes, the women who grace the Betty Designs instagram feed make you want to get on your bike and ride. This feed celebrates women, style, triathlon and community. It’s motivating, fun and usually makes me want to buy new gear too.
Women in Tri: This is my go-to resource for news, updates and behind-the-scenes footage of women in the sport of triathlon. It documents the top pro women in the world, to the everyday racers. It connects me to the sport and makes me want to race.