Let’s just call it as it is – we are all addicted to Instagram. However, with anxiety, depression and FOMO all becoming very real side effects of constantly consuming content, in 2018 it’s time we clear out our feeds of accounts that lead to feelings of inferiority, and instead opt to follow those that are using the platform to positively inspire, uplift, educate and create an impact across the globe, not just grow a follower count….
Read on for our top accounts to follow for inspiration this year.
For workout motivation:
Kaisa Keranen @Kaisafit
Sick of “fitness influencers” whose only real workout is contorting and flexing to snap a heavily posed booty shot? Us too. Thankfully @kaisafit serves up a fitness driven feed with sweaty, heart pumping, lung-bursting workout inspiration all based on her extensive credentials with a M.S. in Exercise Science and NASM Personal Enhancement Specialisation. She regularly posts innovative exercise ideas, challenging workouts and movement patterns that will have you inspired to hit those fitness goals in no time!
For a dose of realness:
Chinae Alexander @chinaealexander
With a bio that reads “Lifestyle/Womanhood/Badassery” do we really need to explain anymore?! Chinae is a NYC influencer and Adidas Global Ambassador who serves up authentic realness on everything from fitness and wellness to politics and feminism. Aiming to break stereotypes, empower her audience and spark change in our systems, she’s a breath of fresh air in a typically photo-shopped world of cookie cutter Instagram influencers.
For functional training:
Joe Holder @ochosystem
Joe Holder seems like the guy you want to be friends with, or more specifically, hit the gym with. Founder of the Ocho System, the NYC based Performance Specialist, Health Consultant and Nike trainer may work with some of the hottest names in the world (Romee Strijd, Naomi Campbell, Derek Blasberg…) but he also consistently delivers evidence backed research, functional training method tips and insightful advice to his growing, captivated audience.
Be sure to check his stories as he regularly highlights new research, workouts or interesting studies.
For soulful sweat
Shona Vertue @shona_vertue
With equal focus on sweat and soul, Shona Vertue is a personal trainer and yoga instructor who will kick your butt with killer functional fitness and then lengthen you back out with guided meditation and yoga sessions. With (hilarious but educational) tutorials, mini-guides and workout videos aplenty, The Vertue Method founder’s gram is an authentic reflection of her personality: a little tongue in cheek, but doused in research and scientific backing!
For the high vibes
Elevate the globe @elevatetheglobe
The duo (Britt + Tara) behind @elevatetheglobe will give you all the inspo you need to shift to a higher conscious level and spirituality in 2018. Self-described as “heavily mediated Kundalini yogis and best friends on a mission to give you everything you need to live in the high vibrations” they share meditations, teachings and programmes that are designed to help you leave behind the old, boring, normal life and find the extraordinary! Sat Nam!
For your social following
Julie Solomon @julssolomon
Struggling to understand the latest changes to the Instagram algorithm? Follow @Julssolomon. This Influencer Marketing expert, NY Times best-selling publicist and founder of The Influencer Podcast knows a thing or two about blogging, brands and growth strategy. On one of the prettiest feeds and sites around, she regularly drops major insider tips, tricks and hacks that will help you fast track your level of reach, growth and influence – whether that is converting clicks to sales or increasing your following. In an age where social presence is demanded from all businesses, this account will be your saviour to understand how to boost your cachet!
For yogi goals
Jessica Olie @jessicaolie
Yes, we knowwwww Yoga isn’t about the pretty poses, but it doesn’t hurt to be obsessed with the humans who can bend and twist into the most incredible shapes ever, in dreamy locations for stunning shots and videos, right?! @Jessicaolie is a yoga teacher with a feed so totally gorgeous, filled you with inspirational quotes (often penned by herself), messages and poetry that you will be rushing to get onto your mat – where you can luckily use her e-book guide so you can maybe get as bendy as she is…
For healthy eating inspo
Courtney Swan @realfoodology
Instagram isn’t short of a good #foodporn account, but for some nourishing, real food goodness, check out @realfoodology. The integrative nutritionist and blogger has a masters degree in her back pocket and travels the world as Tove Lo’s personal nutritionist (dream job anyone?!), but still finds the time to share drool-worthy food inspo, recipes and restaurant guides through her ‘gram feed and website.
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