Happy Sunday everyone! Today I thought it might be fun to chat about favorite fitness and health bloggers, vloggers, and other sites. Now that January is more than halfway over, the New Year’s motivation to be healthy and fit is probably starting to wear off for many people. With all the dessert recipes I post and the fact that I wrote an entire cookbook about ice cream sandwiches, I often am asked how I avoid weight gain. To be perfectly annoyingly honest, my young age and natural metabolism have a lot to do with staying slim. However, I do believe in moderation and balance. If I’m making something outrageously indulgent for a fun blog post, I’ll make sure to get in a healthy smoothie, maybe a salad for lunch, and 30 minutes at the gym to try to offset things. This might happen several times a week. I am by no means a fitness or health expert, but all the sites I’ve listed below are excellent resources.
These are all the awesome people I follow regularly for fitness advice, workouts, healthy recipes, and all-around inspiration. I’m sure I’m missing a ton of great sites, this list is by no means all-encompassing or comprehensive. These are the sites I find myself visiting regularly. I incorporate many of the workouts and recipes from these sites into my daily life. I’m not a fan of the weight section at the gym, so I rely on many of the workouts on these sites for strength training especially. Chewie always thinks workout at home time means playtime. Do you prefer to workout at home, the gym, or outside?
What are your favorite health and fitness sites?
Tone it Up – Website | YouTube
Karena & Katrina of Tone it Up have really created the ultimate resource for women who are trying to get in shape and adapt a (naturally) healthy lifestyle. They are true fitness experts, and you can read about their immense qualifications here. Their blog offers recipes, nutrition tidbits, exercise tips, printable exercise routines, full workout videos, weekly schedules, and a paid membership-only nutrition plan. Check out their YouTube page where they post videos several times a month. I love that they post corresponding printable workouts so you don’t have to watch a video each time you want to complete a workout. They also have videos on Livestrong Woman’s YouTube channel. My favorite videos are their Best Ab Workout Circuit and their Malibooty lower body workout.
Blogilates – Website | YouTube
Certified fitness instructor Cassie Ho is the Pilates genius behind Blogilates and I love following both her blog and her YouTube channel. She is peppy and fun and while you may hate her at times while following her challenging workout videos, you’ll love her for the results. Her blog has free meal plans, printable workout routines, recipes, and a super cute online shop. She has also written some insightful pieces about women and body image. If you sign up for her email newsletter you get access to her monthly fitness calendars which let you know exactly which workouts you should being doing and when.
The Fitnessista – Website | YouTube
I first discovered Gina because she’s another Arizona blogger (for now – military family) and is a certified personal trainer and fitness instructor so her advice is sound and easy to follow. She does more blogging then vlogging, but all her content is fabulous. She has an extensive list of workouts, I love this 5 minute crunch free ab workout, and great all her great healthy recipes.
fANNEtastic food – Website
I had the pleasure of meeting Anne a few years ago at a press event for Thermador and have followed her and her blog ever since. As the name of the blog suggests, it’s mostly about healthy and tasty recipes created by Anne, a registered dietician. She actually recently started to offer nutrition services out of D.C. but also sees clients virtually. Follow her on Instagram for some great healthy living motivation.
Sarah Fit – Website | YouTube
Sarah is a certified personal trainer and health and fitness blogger with an AWESOME YouTube channel. I love her videos because they’re usually short and so approachable, she feels like your friend guiding you along. For those of you in school, she has a free college diet plan available as well. I recently did her toned arms video and her sculpt a better butt workout and definitely felt the burn.
Be Fit Channel – YouTube
This YouTube channel features full free workouts from Lionsgate’s DVDs and popular health and fitness personalities. This is a fantastic resource for anyone who doesn’t want to invest money in DVDs or gym memberships. There is SO MUCH content here, it’s wonderful.
POPSUGAR Fitness – Website | YouTube
This site is a virtual women’s fitness magazine with a plethora of excellent healthy lifestyle resources. If you want Beyonce’s butt or Victoria’s Secret model abs, this is the place to go. They often have workout videos from the celebrity trainers themselves. The content is fresh and professionally produced so you’re basically guaranteed to avoid hitting a workout rut.
Pumps & Iron – Website
Nicole is a certified personal trainer and has an array of published healthy recipes and workouts, in addition to fun fashion and beauty posts. I love that her workouts are easily categorized by structure, equipment needed, and targeted area.
Daily HIIT – Website | YouTube
Formerly BodyRock TV, this super simple site features crazy intense free workout videos that are SHORT. Anyone can make time for these and they can all be done from home, no gym membership needed. Get ready for some ahem… sexuality on this site as the instructors seem to enjoy wearing almost no clothing.
The Lemon Bowl – Website
I met Liz at a press event for Dole in California last year and have since become friends. She successfully lost over 50 pounds (!) and all the scrumptious recipes on her site help maintain a healthy lifestyle. She also has a healthy habits feature where she details practical advice and resources for loosing weight and staying healthy. Even as someone not interested in weight loss, I find her site to be full of great information and recipes.
Peanut Butter Fingers – Website
Who doesn’t love Julie? I found her blog on twitter and knew instantly I would like it because of the name alone (I’m a fellow peanut butter lover). Julie is like your virtual best friend, you come to her blog for her fitness expertise (she is a certified personal trainer) but stay for her daily life posts because she’s such a doll. And you get to see basically everything she eats and the workouts she does everyday. She has a bunch of treadmill, circuit, and elliptical workouts alongside strength workouts.
Amanda Russel – Website | YouTube
Amanda packs a lot of spunk in a small package. She suffered a career-ending injury while training to run in the Beijing Olympics but it didn’t stop her from setting out to inspire women to get fit. Her videos are often short and can be done at home, my favorites include her 6 minute abs of steel workout and her one minute interval cardio routine. I do wish her videos were complete follow along style, I find that to be more motivating.
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