Sunday, November 08, 2015
#FITSPOFitness inspiration to get me going through winter
It can be easy to get into winter hibernation mode when it comes to exercise; colder temperatures, regular precipitation, gloomy grey skies and a roaring flame from the fire in your cozy living room can make the disciplined training schedule of road/park running or going to the gym a little more arduous. At this time of year, some of us may need a tad more encouragement, motivation and inspiration to get going with our physical activity regime, and it's possible to get some of this from social media.
Whilst there is a quite a bit of debate about the role social media plays in inspiring better living – some critics suggesting that it promotes a new form of fascism alongside self-loathing and addictive behaviours, rather than a healthy lifestyle – I personally take the images of health devotees posting pictures of ‘clean’ food, sculpted abs and captions with health-related rhetoric with a pinch of salt and just appreciate them for what they are: pretty photos that convey a very small snapshot of peoples’ lives. Nonetheless, some of the posts I see on the various social media platforms I find quite motivational, inspirational and useful in terms of my own personal fitness goals, and today I've decided to share a few of my personal favourite ‘fitspo’ (short for fitspiration) accounts that I enjoy following for different reasons, and which sometimes give me a gentle, visual nudge to get sweaty and ‘strong’, especially at this time of year!
Brittne Babe - This girl has transformed my home and garden workouts (don't underestimate working out at home!) by incorporating many of her suggestions into my exercise routines. Her tips, which she shares via video posts on her Instagram, on how to get a bootylicious booty and abs of steel are great for people who do not like or have the time to get to a gym.
Zanna Van Dijk – She brings a sense of humour and humility to the fitness world, particularly through her Snapchat. As a personal trainer, she gives us a glimpse into her world when she is working out inside London’s popular Lomax gym, and she occasionally offers ideas on how to challenge yourself to get fitter.
Girl Gains - founded by Zanna Van Dijk and her two best fitness buddies, I love what this account stands for. Girl Gains is described as, "a movement which aims to unite women and inspire them to become fitter, healthier and happier and I really think they are doing this" - their posts reflect this.
So Sascha - I like the mix of high street fashion and fitness that Sascha brings to her audience. One day you can see her road running in the latest stylish active-wear, and another day you’ll see her looking sassy and fit in heels and a biker jacket.
Shona Vertue – I’m not into yoga, but this lady’s account is filled with images that have made me consider getting into it. Alas, I’m not that impressionable and therefore I follow her chiefly for entertainment: her witty captions; tropical backdrops (when she’s not in London); and remarkable body poses.
Share with me some of your favourites!
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