While it's true that statistics say that our New Year's resolutions are not usually kept past the first two weeks of the year, it's easy to find year round motivation and inspiration from our favorite health related blogs.
Our favorite health blogs offer super valuable tips, ideas, recipes, and routines to light a fire under anyone hoping to find a little inspiration.
Even a spin through my feed on Pinterest can light a spark of inspiration to cook something new and healthy, or try a new homemade facial mask, or perhaps take a pause and reflect on the things that really matter. Is there anything better than a positive or motivating quote?
Here are the top choices from our coveted list of favorite health blogs:
Think of this as healthy vegetarian cooking, made simple. Writer Alex is a registered dietitian, and her ingredient shopping tips and cooking videos — check out the one for vegan paella! — is the next best thing to an office visit. Vegetarians or anybody curious about the lifestyle can consider this blog your starter kit for plant-based recipes that range in ingredients and complexity.
Who it’s for: Diet adventurers who love their Instant Pot, slow cooker, and Whole30 plan. This blog has recipes for each of these phenomena, plus tips for doing meal prep efficiently.
What it’s all about: Eating well, living well, and being well. Not only are there tons of dietitian-authored recipes, but you can also opt in for customized meal plans.
My Fitness Pal provides inspiration through real-life “victory stories” (aka before-and-after stories featuring relatable people). There are also trainer tips and essential guides to big topics like hydration, low-cal meal options, and fat-burning workouts, as well as niche subjects like micronutrients.
For those who get frustrated with the status quo and ideals of what we “should” be, Fit Bottomed Girls offers a refreshing change of pace. The founders, both certified fitness pros, preach confidence and body positivity. They take a thoughtful approach to fitness, instead of quick, lose-fat-in-10-days results. Their roadmap to a healthier life is a combo of nutrition-packed recipes, doable daily workouts, and a good dose of meditation.
Fit Foodie Finds is a wellness blog tailor-made for serial Instagram scrollers. The gorgeous photos of healthy meals are just as exciting as making them. Who knew oats could look so pretty? Healthy living posts primarily focus on recipes, but they also include workouts (booty, legs, you name it), DIY beauty, mental health, and relationships. Style-conscious readers will love it, too, with its gallery after gallery of fashion articles.
Moms looking for that trust-me-I’ve-been-there perspective and healthy ways to take care of their families and themselves will find it on Mommypotamus. This blog is especially full of information for pregnant women and first-time moms, touching on everything from ultrasound safety to birth plans. You’ll also find a wealth of content on motherhood, natural health, clean beauty, and more.
Blogger Toby is a registered dietitian and multiple-time author who creates content for home cooks looking to up their game with the latest in nutrition and food news — including ingredient recalls and safety tips. Toby helps you see your kitchen in an exciting new way and reignite your love of cuisine and cooking. There’s a heavy focus on creative meal prep, along with more serious articles on things like foods to fight depression.
This blog will resonate with anyone looking for friend-to-friend advice from someone who’s built a career around motivating people — blogger Julie is a personal trainer. She puts on her motivational hat to pen posts ranging in topic from beauty routines she swears by to floor exercises that make you feel the burn. Be sure to check out the recipe index and workout feeds.
Naturally Savvy is about seizing the life less toxic, appealing to fans of organic living and alternative medicine. The blog shows you exactly which herbs to devour — like ginger for good digestion — and products to stay away from — like dryer sheets because they can contain carcinogens. Fair warning: Clicking around the site may result in some uh-oh moments for those unfamiliar with the effects of certain foods and materials (you may want to rethink those rayon tampons).
For those who want a 360-degree approach to self-care, with advice for betterment in the workplace, home, gym, and on the go, look no further. The Healthy Maven offers recipes for every type of meal under the sun (salads, sides, soups, and more), DIY tips (you’ll learn how to make your own yoga mat spray), and quick workouts. If you like where all this is going, there’s a supplementary podcast run by blogger Davida with guest wellness experts.
Fitful Focus is ideal for skeptics who need a confidence boost. Blogger Nicole made a life change in 2012, losing 10 pounds and finishing her first marathon, and she could be just the cheerleader you need. The name says it all: Get fit, be full, stay focused. If that sounds up your alley, you’ll enjoy the host of vegan and gluten-free recipes, ab workouts, and discount codes to conquer that online shopping list.
Diet-conscious individuals who love a good cheat day will enjoy this blog that shows you how it’s done, with easy 10-minute healthy recipes and some indulgences, like sweet potato donuts. The content is geared toward carb- and fat-burning food choices, along with life tips to keep the metabolism going, like “you need sleep to lose weight.” Many recipes are available in e-book format.
Busy bees that don’t have a lot of spare time but still want to stay on top of fitness and wellness trends will love Nutrition Twins’ approach to info — quick and digestible while hitting on all the buzzy topics. Find exercises you can do while sitting in your office chair, quick detoxes to do at home, and more. There are also articles more targeted at the long game, like how to train your taste buds to enjoy healthy foods.
This one’s for the exercise-minded — especially runners, as blogger Angela is an ACSM Certified Clinical Exercise Physiologist and RRCA Running Coach. You’ll find a whole slew of running workouts, both for the treadmill and outdoors. Angela shows through firsthand accounts that it’s great to have a major passion (for her, running) and then supplement it with other ripples of positivity, like yoga, healthy baking, and family time.
If you dream about having a holistic nutritionist on speed dial, meet blogger Brittany. She has tons of tips for living a balanced life using alternative medicines and vegan ingredients. Brittany shares recipes you won’t find just anywhere (hello, chocolate chia pudding), along with travel stories on exploring wholesome goodness in hidden-gem cities, like Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Charleston, South Carolina.
This blog aims to connect with wellness aficionados who want a community of support, not just words on a screen. Comments and shares abound, and blogger Zehra puts her heart out there to give you a view into her fitness journey and family life. Look for indoor and outdoor exercises, told from a beginner-friendly perspective. There’s equal attention given to stretches as to the workout itself. There are also lots of healthy recipes — all tested in Zehra’s home kitchen.
It seems we’re all too busy these days. For anyone without a ton of time on their hands but the desire to squeeze a bit more wellness in whenever and however possible, The Fitnessista delivers. Enjoy a range of quick workouts, quick recipes, and quick stories about life as a mom. If you need a two-minute read every day, this is it.
People looking to sweat off a few pounds may want to start here. Blogger Katie lost 45 pounds herself, and it led to her creating a “hot body” series of workouts and a huge YouTube following.
The focus is on weight-loss workouts and recipes, for starters. In addition, you’ll find everything from seasonal music playlists to travel tips to beauty hacks.
Go-getters who want to master their workout game can browse through posts authored by a personal trainer. Get step-by-step (and sometimes second-by-second) instructions for how to flex, pump, and tone. The blog provides an array of exercise ideas, broken down into helpful categories like studio equipment, target area, and structure. You’ll also find the occasional lifestyle topic, like book club advice and DIY gardening tips.