Proper nutrition and exercise are important for your health and well-being. And at Body Fit St. Louis, we know it’s all about balance.
But in a world of #fitspo, Photoshop and unattainable beauty standards, it’s easy to feel like you’re never good enough. That’s why we’ve compiled a list of four body positive fitness influencers to follow on Instagram right now.
Let’s Get Real
How many times have you looked on the internet or in magazines and thought “I’ll never look like that no matter how well I eat and workout?” The truth is, that’s not reality. We need to stop comparing ourselves to fake pictures.
Fitness models pose in the best light, suck their fat in and zap away cellulite with the click of a mouse. It’s hard to tell what’s real and what’s not, and you may find yourself feeling discouraged when it comes to your own body.
Thankfully, there’s a paradigm shift happening in the fitness industry. Fitness Instagrammers and gym ads are starting to depict bodies of all shapes and sizes. It’s called the body positivity movement, and we’ve identified five awesome leaders of this movement.
4 Body Positive Fitness Influencers to Follow on Instagram
Jessamyn Stanley (mynameisjessamyn)
Jessamyn Stanley, professional yoga teacher, businesswoman and best-selling author of “Every Body Yoga” once battled body image issues and depression.
One summer, she took a yoga class that helped pull her out of a downward spiral. After practicing for a few years, she decided to start her own business to help others battle the feelings she struggled with.
Fast forward two decades and Jessamyn is using her fame as a platform to promote body positivity and self-love. She’s partnered with U by Kotex in a campaign that teaches girls everywhere to ignore superficial beauty standards and do what makes them feel strong.
Megan Crabbe (bodyposipanda)
Anorexia survivor and bestselling author of “Body Positive Power,” Megan Crabbe keeps it real when it comes to her body.
She’s candid about her battle with eating disorders, posting photos from more difficult days to remind us that “skinny” is not synonymous with healthy.
In her book, she shares that making peace with your body is a process. Her inspirational quotes and body-positive before and after photos remind us that health is not seen on the outside, but felt on the inside.
Anna Victoria (annavictoria)
This seriously strong fitness coach decided to take a stand when she felt pressure to conform to #fitspo beauty standards. She was one of the first trainers to post a “sitting vs. standing” picture that showed what a real body looked like when it wasn’t perfectly posed for the camera.
As an advocate of body positivity, she’s built her fitness guides around four fundamentals — looking inward first, balance, quality over quantity and self-love.
Follow her for a refreshing take on nutrition and fitness.
CeCe Olisa (ceceolisa)
CeCe Olisa, blogger, and businesswoman serves as a beacon to women everywhere who have struggled with body insecurity.
She started her blog as a way to sort through her own body image issues, but it soon turned into much more. She created a community where women of all sizes could come together and embrace their bodies.
In 2015, she co-founded theCurvycon, which brings the fashion community together and engages its leaders in powerful conversations about confidence, fashion, health fitness and body positivity.
You’ll love the videos of her kicking some serious butt in the gym, and feel inspired yourself to get out there and get strong.
Want to take the first step in getting strong today? Contact Body Fit St. Louis for a free consultation.