WHY INSTAGRAM IS YOUR NEW BFF
Get fit with... Instagram!
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 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….
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.