WHY IN­STA­GRAM IS YOUR NEW BFF

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Get fit with... In­sta­gram!

A@FITANDHEALTHYLOVE

nd by BFF we mean best fit­ness friend. In­sta­gram is the ul­ti­mate tool for a bit of harm­less cy­ber­stalk­ing, es­pe­cially of the celeb va­ri­ety (come on, who doesn’t want to see what Tay­lor Swift’s cat is up to?). But, be­lieve it or not, there are con­struc­tive ways to get the most out of your IG ad­dic­tion – and get fit at the same time. Try stalk­ing th­ese ac­counts next time you pick up your phone. You’ll never eat Vegemite toast or plain por­ridge again. @fitandhealthylove posts pics of breakfasts that will make your mouth wa­ter – with the added bonus that they’re all healthy. Think oat­meal with straw­ber­ries, co­conut flakes and peanut but­ter; or ba­nana, raisins, hazel­nuts and cin­na­mon. Look out for the yummy lunch and din­ner idea posts as well be­cause be­ing healthy doesn’t mean starv­ing!

@INSTAGRAMFITNESS

@instagramfitness is like the all­rounder of healthy liv­ing ac­counts on In­sta­gram. Tap fol­low and you’ll find your feed filled with in­spi­ra­tional words, healthy and sim­ple meal ideas, real peo­ple’s suc­cess sto­ries and ex­er­cise tips – as well as links to other health and fit­ness ac­counts. Let the In­sta­gram trance be­gin….

@BEFITWITHKRISTEN

Kristen Mercier is a per­sonal trainer work­ing in the US city of Bos­ton, but thanks to the won­ders of mod­ern tech­nol­ogy, you can ac­cess her brand of wis­dom any­where you like. She not only posts the work­outs she has done her­self, but ex­er­cises for you to try at home. She’s def­i­nitely got a favourite – her motto is #PlankADay. Your core will thank you.

@SIMPLEGREENSMOOTHIES

This pop­u­lar ac­count fea­tures loads of beau­ti­ful pic­tures of de­li­cious and nu­tri­tious smooth­ies, but it’s not just eye candy. The in­struc­tions and health ben­e­fits are also listed, so you can whip up, say, the Berry Sim­ple smoothie (ba­nana, straw­ber­ries, blue­ber­ries and spinach) at home and know that it’s giv­ing you a dose of iron, potas­sium, vi­ta­min C, and an­tiox­i­dants.

@FABBYLOUSNESS

If you find it hard to be or­gan­ised enough to bring a healthy lunch to work ev­ery day, make sure you fol­low this ac­count. @fabbylousness is all about clean eat­ing, and the su­per-nu­tri­tious lunch boxes are more than just meals – they’re like lit­tle works of prepre­pared art! And bet­ter yet, it tells you how to make them for your­self. So kind.

@REASONSTOBEFIT_

The In­sta­gram ver­sion of Tum­blr’s Rea­sons to be Fit is the best ac­count to fol­low when you find your mo­ti­va­tion at an all­time low. The rea­sons they post give you a kick in the pants when ex­er­cise and healthy eat­ing are the last things on your mind. They in­clude things like “#0628: To make squat­ting over a pub­lic toi­let even eas­ier” – we’ll sec­ond that!

@NORSORAYA

If you love to self-teach and learn yoga with yo­gis around the world, this is one of the best yo­gis to fol­low. About a year ago, Soraya first started post­ing up pho­tos of her poses to chart her progress whether it’s a flow or a tran­si­tion of mov­ing from one pose to the next. It’s like a yoga class that takes place world­wide as more and more fol­low­ers from ev­ery cor­ner doc­u­ment their poses, chal­lenge and mo­ti­vate each other.

@HEALTHYHEROINE

@healthyheroine is a girl em­bark­ing on her own weight loss jour­ney, but by fol­low­ing her you don’t just get to go along for the ride. She also shares recipes she’s tried and loved, meal swap ideas, ge­nius ex­er­cise tips, in­spi­ra­tional quotes and, of course, pics of fit­ness “hero­ines” (think Mi­randa Kerr and co.) for that ex­tra bit of in­spi­ra­tion.

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