When you’re looking for a new kick-butt core exercise, some healthy lunch ideas (because you’re so over blah salads), or a rah-rah “You can do this!” from someone who knows the struggle is real, a quick scroll through your Insta feed may be all the inspiration you need: “Instagram can be a great place to find motivation,” says Cassie Bjork, RD, founder of healthysimplelife.com. “I think the main reason it resonates with us is because images are powerful, sometimes even more powerful than words.”
One word of caution: Remember to take “flawless” gym selfies with a grain of salt, Bjork says. Like with all social media, people tend to post highly-edited pics to Instagram. Something to keep in mind if you find yourself falling into the comparison trap.
Here, six real women who could become your new favorite follows, for all the practical, get-healthy inspo they serve up.
This graphic designer-turned-Soul Cycle instructor got uber fit by following the Bikini Body Guide program by Kayla Itsines. She’s attracted a following with her straight talk and contagious passion for fitness.
It actually happened. After months of dreaming about it and six intense weeks prepping for it… I TAUGHT MY FIRST @soulcycle class!!! What a HIGH! My adrenaline was pumping and it all happened so fast, but I had a total blast. Got plenty to work on, lots to learn, but I just feel really proud of myself for setting my mind on a goal and working towards it. Thank you SO FREAKING MUCH to so many of you who came out today to support me. It meant so much to be able to look out into that crowd and see your beautiful faces. Endlessly grateful for your love and support!
Yoga instructor Jeannete Ogeden posts pics of her gorgeous eats. Think sweet potato bowls, bright salads, and creative spins on toast. Her produce-focused meals will not only give you a serious case of lunch envy, but they’ll motivate you to incorporate more colorful, clean foods in your meals.
Shara Swanson is a certified personal trainer who has been documenting her body transformation over the last two years. Her relatable journey will make you think about your own get-fit path, and her before/after shots will inspire you to keep going.
It's Tuesday! What does that mean? Another #transformationtuesday coming your way!☺️🎉 Two years separate between the two pictures. Yes it's hard getting started, but once you start seeing results it becomes addicting! Some tips that helped me stick to a healthy lifestyle in the beginning: 1. Cutting out soda. For me this was extremely easy because water is always available and plus it's free at restaurants!👌🏽 2. Ask for a side salad or cup of fruit instead of French fries. 3. Find what type of exercise you love and stick with it. For me it was BBG. 4. Write down your goals and hold yourself accountable. While I was doing bbg I told myself if I made it through the next section of weeks I could buy myself a sports bra!😉 5. Surround yourself with people who support you. I'm very thankful that my family and my best friend back home supported me or I wouldn't be where I am today. If you sadly don't have anyone like that than make a fitness Instagram! The community on here is so supportive!!🤗 I hope these tips can help you! As always thank you for always supporting me.❤️
Head to this health coach’s page whenever you think, What should I have for dinner tonight? Her beautiful creations are a good reminder that nutritious food can be fun. (Mint chocolate chip-avocado ice cream, anyone?) Trust us, you’ll never look at salad the same way again.
You might recognize Rebecca Grafton from the cover of People magazine. The 25-year-old lost 100 pounds in two years—and her candor about the journey is easy to relate to. Along the way, Grafton posted selfies of her progress on Instagram for motivation and encouragement. Now she’s offering the same kind of support to her 73,000 followers.
The personal trainer, fitness instructor, and mom of two is committed to being strong, living a balanced life, and staying honest all the way. You’ll be inspired by her mostly healthy eats; but Wiseman also shows you can get rockin’ abs even when you enjoy dessert (and the occasional mega plate of French toast).
Let me introduce to you … my oatmeal bowl of perfection. Cooked oats topped with the sweetest strawberries, a scoop of peanut butter, & a scoop of @chocmeister (<– good stuff y'all … like Nutella, but even better!). 🍓🍫 I demolished this bowl in 2.8 seconds. 😋 #whatsforbreakfast #saturdaybreakfast #oatmeallover #chocoholic #peanutbutterlover
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