It’s not always easy getting back into your workout routine after the holidays. Even if you do everything right when setting your goals, there’s a big difference between writing down your health aspirations and actually turning up to the gym at 6 a.m. in winter. To help keep the momentum going, we have sought out some of the most inspirational fitness Instagram accounts. These influential yogis, runners, and athletes have a balanced approach to food and exercise, and can help guide you towards a more healthy version of yourself in 2017.
Just scrolling through Dana Falsetti’s Instagram feed makes us feel a little bit calmer. The outdoorsy yogi with nearly 250,000 followers posts snaps of herself in tricky yoga poses alongside feel-good captions about loving yourself, taking time out, and nature. We’re definitely big fans of this influencer.
Whew took the best social media break – holiday gift to myself. I’m back and SO excited my first trip of 2017 will be to my favorite city in the world… New Orleans 🙂 I’ll be teaching 2 vinyasa classes @lifeyoganola on the 21st and 22nd (sign up soon, it’s a tiny space!) then hosting my first retreat of the year with some badass ladies I can’t wait to meet and one badass lady I already know, @cheyennegil. If you’re interested in joining me on a retreat for 2017 I have ONE spot left in my September California retreat and that’s it. Update – spot is gone, retreats are sold out. Thank you all so much for the support! Can’t wait to practice in NOLA. PS I’ll be on IG live in a little while to answer questions. Peace! Photo is by @michelesuits
Don’t you love a lengthy, informative, detailed caption alongside a workout pic? Same. Claire shares her own personal health and fitness struggles and—while some might find her tone cheesy—we love that she’s so real. She goes into details about the exact workouts she follows, but also chats about her relationship, travel, and more.
So happy rn for two reasons: it’s Friday AND night shift is over with Yep. Successfully finished my night shift with the help of 4 Reese’s cups (mini ones guys, I’m not that bad) and 6 packs of saltines…with peanut butter…plus my normal snacks hey, it happens! I’m usually pretty good at keeping everything within my macros on night shift but this was just not one of those nights. And you know what? That’s okay! I mean, am I feeling really good that I just kept snacking, mmm not really! But it’s not the end of the world. You have some days that you eat salads and other days when you have donuts and lots of chocolate (yep, had both of those yesterday ) Important thing is that you are able to brush it off and start fresh. Not every day has to be perfect–just put forth effort each day to be better than the day before . Alright time for sleep happy fri-yay y’all! . Oh and ps. All you @leilajewelry fans…they are having their early holiday sale through today so be sure to check it out! . ✖️leggings @alala (code: claire15)
Our very own founder, Bianca Cheah, is the Insta-famous yogi you need to follow in 2017. Whether you’re just starting out on your own wellness journey, or you have crow pose and headstands down pat, everyone can appreciate her balanced approach to exercise, food, travel, and life in general.
This mom, wife, and exercise addict transformed her body through exercise, and is a great source of workout inspiration. She shares simple recipes for the health-conscious and time-poor, feel-good motivational quotes, and plenty of snaps of her super-strong body.
When you hear that little voice telling you to stop or that you are never gonna get there. Give that voice a huge slap and keep going because you are stronger than that. It’s been a learning journey to get to this point. I’m a slow learner but I don’t give up. I have ups and downs but I work hard for what I want and for what I #love. I wake up at 5am every morning to get my workouts in before my baby wakes up. I bring the monitor with me. If she wakes up I have to stop and continue with her. It hasn’t been easy. I have a full time job at a desk so not much activity there. My point is.. We are human and it’s ok not to be perfect. It’s ok to miss a workout, it’s ok to have unhealthy meals and it’s ok to fail as long as you pick yourself up and keep going. Make your life a fun environment and you will see the difference. Be good to yourself. Biggest hugs to the girls who stand by me trying to better themselves every single day #bbgprogress #tbt #progresspic #transformation
Casey Lynn Howard clean, light, and bright Instagram aesthetic is addictive. The New York City fitness influencer takes you to the best studios, gyms, and outdoor exercise spots not just in NYC, but across the country.
Hi babes! Late night post comin at ya cause I just now finished getting my sweat on I didn’t have time to fit in my workout this morning so I decided I was going to write this off as my rest day for the week // I finally got home around 7 and my better half @alexa_messer told me she was going to go the gym in an hour. I thought to myself she had a busy day as well but here she was getting up and getting to it, not writing this off as a rest day. I realized if she could do it there was actually no legit reason I couldn’t be doing it as well. An hour later I threw on my sneakers and sprinted out the door with her. Screw that rest day (by all means take rest days ladies, your body needs em, I’m just saying don’t take them as an excuse!) I did a #PPCG workout, one I had done before. I completed the exercises with the exception of hanging leg raises once again because there’s no way I could hang myself from a chin up bar and raise my legs up and down 40 times, I just didn’t have the strength for that. I started to walk back upstairs and right before I pushed open the door to the locker room, I stopped, and thought screw that too. There is NO reason I couldn’t at least do one, if not I would have tried and knew I did my best. I marched my butt back down those stairs and did a little hop (the bar was taller than me) and hung on to those bars with all the strength my little hands had. I honestly can tell you I didn’t think I would be able to do just ONE, even when I was hanging from the bar. I was right, I couldn’t do just one….. but I definitely did do forty Go figure! Just goes to show you what can happen when you try. Always try my beauties because surprising yourself is one of the most joyful triumphant parts of life!
Jo Encarnacion is a San Francisco-based based fitness and lifestyle blogger, and a certified lifestyle coach with an awesome attitude towards life. In addition to insight into the workouts she follows, healthy books she reads, and what she’s eating, Jo also has a damn good eye for athleisure, so it’s worth following her simply for the gym outfit inspiration.
How did you spend your year? Did you share gratitude to to ones who have been there for you every single day? Did you give it your all? Did you reach your goals? Sometimes we look back only to wish for things we could’ve done, but we often forget that we still have a second chance. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ The beautiful thing about an ending is right around the corner is a beginning. Tomorrow you have 365 more opportunities to learn how to love yourself just a little bit more. There are 365 more days to show gratitude to the ones who have helped you along your way. There are 365 beautiful opportunities to #bebetter, to love harder, to create the life you want to live, to take ownership of your mistakes, learn from them, and grow from them. What are you leaving behind in 2016, how are you stepping into 2017? If you aim for perfection there’s a chance that you might fail, because the expectation to get it right and perfect every single time is nearly impossible. But if you go into 2017 with the determination to aim for progress to live better, be healthier, love more; then you’re going in already #betterthanyesterdaystrongerfortomorrow. to 2017 you’re already looking better because I know I have the power to manifest all the things my little heart and mind desires.
With a bio that reads “I f*cking love yoga” you know that body positive advocate and yogi Jessamyn Stanley doesn’t hold back in her posts about the realities of working up a sweat, politics, and everything in between.
This may sound harsh but I’m just curious…how long before all the liberal white tears stop falling and everyone stops crying about Trump 2016 in favor of excitement over pumpkin spice lattes or whatever else? Because let’s be real- this public outcry against the American presidential election probably only has the strength of a news cycle. I’m sorry, was that too brusque? Trust me I know this is a sad/sensitive time- I’m black, queer and I rep North Carolina for better or worse. But every “shocked”/”horrified”/”scared”/”I’m so abysmally sad” social media status has left me more confused than I expected to feel. Did y’all just realize that racism is alive and well in America? I mean, I can’t tell you how many people hit me up with photos of the impromptu KKK presence in the streets of Mebane, NC yesterday. Those fuckers have been stars of my nightmares since I came out of Tangela’s womb, but did y’all just remember them? Is that why you’re so “shocked”/”horrified”/”scared”/”…abysmally sad”? For the record, they’ve always been present. They weren’t eradicated just because you thought we live in a “post racial America,” whatever that means. Y’all, this isn’t a different America than the one we woke up in on Tuesday morning. Stop acting brand new. Stop looking for sympathy where it isn’t deserved. Dry your tears and use all that thumb tapping power to bring good energy and positive action into this world, not stroke your own ego. If you’re feeling guilt because you didn’t convince your relatives/loved ones not to vote for the Donald, then admit it. If you’re a person of privilege and you’re struggling with personal responsibility for the election results, acknowledge your privilege and use it for good. But please calm down with all this foot stomping and tear sniffing- it doesn’t create strength or action, it just reads like the ramblings of a disappointed kindergartener. Regardless of US presidency, we have all the tools to live in harmony with one another. But we have to accept our own responsibility and stop looking outside of ourselves for the answers to our problems. Leggings- @rainbeaucurves Fingers + Toes- @yogapaws by @lydiahudgens
Is your love for that post-exercise high second only to your adoration of pizza? Then you should definitely follow this 26-year-old author, life coach, vegetarian, and fitness influencer.
Happy freaking Saturday babes A much needed sort of restful weekend for me andddd it is jogger weather here in FL I love cold weather so whenever we get a little I make sure I enjoy it. I want nothing more than to be bundled in blankets with a coffee reading a book, but I’ve got a bit to do this weekend to rest too much. At the gym now trying to get in a good leg workout but I’m distracted by posting instead Keeping this one short because I’m hungry and need to do my workout and I do have quite a bit to get done this weekend and can’t waste too much time sitting on the gym floor Also how cute are these joggers from @foxyathletics Perfect cold weather casual wear!! Can’t wait to lounge in them the rest of this weekend! Hope you all have a great day!
Valerie Sagun has almost 145,000 followers dedicated her learning more about yoga. This woman’s nailed all the hard-to-do poses, and shares tips online about how to improve your practice—and your life.
@Regrann from @ybicoalition – “My first a-ha moment in #yoga was when I found that calm pace in the center of my own mind.”@BigGalYoga bit.ly/2fFGN3O (Direct link in description) ********** We’re also featuring ALL women who are participating in the initiative by tagging their posts with #everybodybends and #whatayogilookslike. Tell us about YOUR yoga inspiration and don’t forget to tag @gaiam and @ybicoalition to also be entered for a chance to win a free swag bag with loot from the Gaiam collection and literature from the Yoga & Body Image Coalition, and to possibly have your content reposted.
Mother, trainer, and fitness pro Elisabeth Funmilayo Akinwale is, in a word, ripped. This woman’s got abs, you guys. She’s open about her fitness and family life with her 85,000 followers.
Once in an interview I was asked how I would describe my body. I gave the super unsexy response of, “adaptable.” I don’t subscribe to the framework that the mainstream fitness industry promotes. A paradigm that’s designed not to improve health or quality of life, but to feed on people’s insecurities and sell infinite amounts of quick “fixes.” My training makes me feel adaptable, capable and strong, both physically and mentally. It builds my confidence to address whatever comes my way, which in this life is a lot. Meeting challenges every day in the gym gives me a sense of accomplishment which then carries over to make me better in other aspects of my life. When I look in the mirror I think, “I got this.”
New York-based fitness Instagrammer and digital strategist Jocelyn Steiber is the perfect account for those of us who like to dabble in a little barre, yoga, pilates, spin, and weights training. She’s the queen of variety when it comes to working out, and also has a great activewear wardrobe that we bet you will want to shop.
I’m excited –and a tad nervous –to start @barre3 ‘s #B3AllIn program today!! (( btw It’s not too late to sign up )) — I haven’t challened myself to something like this in a long long long time –I’m a “go with the flow” kinda chick and eat what I want/ never meal prep ✖️✖️For the next month, I’ll be taking their classes 5x/week and following their meal plan as close as I can — As a non-cooker I’m a little nervous about the food part Also, I read details this weekend and no ☕️ or (( coffee is my life sooooo this will be hard but I think it’s good to challenge yourself or at least cut down on consumption )) — #B3Allin comes with a guide book filled with recipes (( with delicious looking photos )) and schedule for each day easily laid out for you — ✖️✖️ Join me! Or cook for/with me!! Pretty please (( More info in the link in my bio)) — I’ll be taking before and afters too