Happy Wednesday, ladies! And Happy Februrary! So there’s A LOT happening this month, which I will talk about in Friday’s post. But I’ll start by saying we’re switching back to a three post per week schedule from now until the end of April for sure and then we’ll see! Today I’m spotlighting three of my favorite health and fitness blogs. I follow a few others casually, but these are three I like for very particular areas and always go to first when I need a boost. If you have any favorite fitness blogs, make sure you share them in comments!
There’s a lot of places to find great workouts online. YouTube has a ton, but that’s for another day. But for workouts that I can easily refer to without needing video, I love Pumps & Iron. Nicole’s workouts are perfect for me because they’re often pretty simple and fairly quick. And if you know anything about me you know I’m all over that.
The truth is, I don’t enjoy workouts. I enjoy running with music, the elliptical with tv or a book, and a handful of very particular, mostly core-focused exercieses. And I LOVE those things. Love them. Have no problem doing them. Don’t even have to bribe myself.
But anything else, I hate. I don’t wanna do them, I won’t talk about them, I won’t be talked into them. But I know they’re important for a full body workout, so when I can convince myself, the workout needs to be uncomplicated or I’ll get bored/frustrated too quickly. And I’ve found that Nicole’s workouts are the best for that because she always incorporates some of the exercises (or their derivitives) I love to do in conjunction with others I don’t love, which makes it easier to actually get through the whole set.
I love beautiful fitness photos. I’m obsessed. And I have been since like 2009. But so many fitness blogs and websites have very content-focused photography that isn’t as well composed structurally or aesthetically. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, I mean those pictures have a function and they serve it well. And people are inspired by those, my boyfriend Chris is one of them. But it just doesn’t do it for me. I don’t see mirror selfies and gym photos and think, “I wanna work out.” I just feel kind of bored.
So when I want to be inspired, I love Calla in Motion. I actually started following Lindsey’s blog back when it was fashion-focused as opposed to fitness focused. I admit, I was a bit jolted when she rebranded, but she came back with even more gorgeous photos. Her posts are still super content rich and useful, but for purely visual inspiration and photos that make me want to start running now, Calla in Motion kills it.
Finding healthy recipes can be really overwhelming and sometimes super boring. What I like about The Iron You is Mike’s focus on generally healthy recipes without being obsessive or restrictive. I’m not much of a recipe follower when it comes to cooking (baking is obviously different), but I like to be inspired by a recipe and give it my own flare. And the recipes at The Iron You are incredibly inspiring and well-photographed so I actually want to try the combinations and ingrediants used. I also love the nutrition facts, although I usually export websites directly to MyFitnessPal where it calculates that for me. I’ve also noticed a lot of food and fitness blogs I’ve visited over the years have really colorful pages, which I find overwhelming, so I appreciate the neutral color scheme. But that’s just a very particular preference of mine.
What are your favorite health and fitness blogs? Share them below!