There’s no denying that some days, you just don’t want to go running. You. Just. Don’t.
It’s perfectly normal, and you should always listen to your body – but sometimes, you know it’s not your body that needs a break but your mind that wants to watch Don’t Tell the Bride instead.
That’s why reading fitness blogs regularly can be such a big help when it comes to staying on track, and staying on the track: you’re constantly surrounded by other people making the same commitment to fitness as you are, and that can give you the prod you need to get up and get going. Jumping onto Twitter is also a great place to go for a push and some inspiration.
Plus, if you pick wisely, you can learn how to take care of your body and your mind while reading them.
Here are some of the best when it comes to learning more, training better, and feeling good about yourself.
With articles titled things like ‘The Mind-Boggling Bullshit of Health and Fitness’, you know you’re going to love Nia Shanks’ blog from the first click. A heady mix of solid girl-to-girl life advice, strength training tips and general make-you-a-better-person good stuff, this blog is a must for anyone who needs a bit of down to earth positivity in their life.
This blog is directed at fitness professionals, so if you’re already a qualified PT or are looking into fitness instructor courses, this one’s definitely for you. However, us mere mortals have a reason to drop by too: they do an amazing round up of the week’s best health and fitness articles. It’s a one stop shop (and you know you like that).
Yoga teacher, body positivity advocate and self-described ‘fat femme’ Jessamyn one hardcore lady. She makes sure her students are asking ‘how do I feel?’ rather than ‘how do I look?’ when they practice. After a few clicks on her blog, you’ll be wondering why you ever cared about how you look when exercising.
I really, totally, truly can’t get enough of Nerd Fitness. Their writing style is great and they’re super motivating. They look at world as a giant game, where your mission is to level up your life, and show you how to do it using lots of superhero and video game analogies. They also show you how to gamify almost everything to make it more fun. And the gamer-girl in me LOVES that. If only I could perform a real life limit break…
With a strong no-shaming ethos, James Fell is a man who writes for average people, not bodybuilders or athletes. The first line of his bio says it all: ‘I drink six packs of beer and have four-pack abs. Close enough.’ Nice one, James. A man after my own heart if you check out my own “about me” page.
He used to be overweight himself, so he brings perspective and understanding to weight loss and exercise, plus he writes regularly for a bunch of big publications like the Chicago Tribune so you know he knows his stuff.
The girls at GGS are seriously inspirational for anyone who’s into strength training. As well as the usual how to lose fat, how to gain muscle posts, their articles cover things like fitness for new mums, pregnant women, older women, women going through menopause, women with PCOs… seriously, you’re bound to find something relevant to you.
With a combination of advice on fitness, motivation and nutrition, this is a great all-rounder. They have tons of work-outs to try and focus on being healthier and happier, not just super-fit. Plus, their Fit Bottomed Girl challenge isn’t a workout challenge – it’s a body positivity challenge. Much approval.
There are a ton of other blogs out there, and on days when your brain is in couch potato mode, they can be the inspiration that gets you moving.
Or, you know, the inspiration to binge read every post on your sofa while watching Don’t Tell The Bride. At least you’re probably learning something.
What are your favourite fitness blogs for days when you need some extra motivation?