From healthy eating to dealing with food intolerances and fun, effective ways to get fit, London’s tribe of bloggers and vloggers are living, breathing, Instgramming examples of how their methods work. The Resident gets the lowdown on London’s best health and fitness bloggers…
1 Madeleine Shaw
2015 was a good year for health food blogger, writer and yoga instructor Madeleine Shaw, from Wandsworth. She released her much acclaimed cookbook Get the Glow, started working on her second Ready Steady Glow, shot to Instagram stardom with 251,000 followers, collaborated with juice brand Savse and filled column inches on national papers and glossy women’s magazine with her delicious and nutritious recipes, all designed to make you glow inside and out.
2 Livia’s Kitchen
After being diagnosed with food intolerances and having to rethink the way she ate, Olivia Wollenberg set up Livia’s Kitchen in 2014 starting by creating classic British crumbles (which she sells at health food shops around London) and going on to share recipes for other treats with a healthy twist. Everything is wheat, dairy and sugar free and completely delicious – check out her Instagram feed (which has 98,000 followers).
3 Zanna Van Dijk
London based 23-year-old Zanna Van Dijk blogs and vlogs about health, fitness and lifestyle. She works as a personal trainer and fitness model with quite a substantial following – 123,000 on Instagram at the last count! She’s worked with brands like Adidas, Microsoft and Tommy Hilfiger, has hit the catwalk for London Fashion Week and even has her own activewear collection. As well as two eBooks full of delicious recipes and fitness and nutrition articles for Women’s Fitness, Men’s Fitness, Women’s Health and more, Zanna is also due to release her first book, Strong, in December 2016.
4 Lottie Murphy
Young, gorgeous and healthy Lottie Murphy started her blog to inspire others to lead a balanced life. The Pilates instructor shares her favourite work outs, active wear and recipes on her blog and YouTube. Lottie admits to being just as likely to have a glass of red in her hand as a green smoothie – she’s a girl after our own heart, now if we could just achieve her body! Check out her Instagram feed, which has 32,400 followers).
5 Poppy Cross
Fitness fanatic Poppy Cross has tried and tested almost any fitness class or trend that you could possibly imagine, not to mention spending four months lifting the lid on the gruelling Victoria Secrets models’ training schedule to see what really went into getting those bodies. Despite having abs to die for (check them out on her Instagram feed, which has 6,424 followers), Poppy isn’t a complete purist, and that’s why we like her so much, she still indulges in treats once in a while, emphasising the importance of a healthy balance in life.
6 Fitness on Toast
Fitness on Toast blogger and Swedish personal trainer Faya is not your average healthy eating/work-out mad blogger who avoids all the fun things in life. The North Londoner’s blog feed may be full of her looking amazing in leggings and trying out the latest work out, but her Instagram (which has accumulated over 107,000 followers) still shows her enjoying the C word – carbs – a food group that she feels is an important part of her training.
7 Elly Pear
Owner of Pear Café and InStyle columnist Elly Curshen, AKA Elly Pear, has carved out a name for herself as the person to go to for excellent 5:2 recipes. Working in the food industry, Elly found herself putting on a few extra pounds, and after friends suggested trying the 5:2, she never looked back. The key is having lots of 5:2 recipes and ideas, so she made it my mission to write recipes that worked for both fast and feast days. Her book Fast Days and Feast Days was released in April 2016. Instagram followers: 43,200
8 Lazy Girl Running
When Laura Fountain first decided to give running a go she discovered what so many of us already know – it’s hard. Hard to get motivated, hard to find the time and hard to keep those legs moving one in front of the other. That’s what makes Lazy Girl Running so appealing, running didn’t come naturally to Laura at first. Now though it’s a different story and the athletics coach and personal trainer blogs about how to start running, helps with marathon plans and gives the lowdown on what kit you need to embrace the race. Instagram followers: 2,433
9 We are Tribe
Tribe was inspired by a 1,000 mile journey (Run for Love 1000) run by more than 250 people to raise funds and awareness for human trafficking. Three of the runners on that journey set up Tribe – healthy boxes of trail mixes to keep people full of energy when running. Off the back of the new venture they also launched a running club, a community of Londoners looking for new and adventurous places to run, and a successful blog listing inspiring people, places and recipes. It’s the full package really – both on and offline. Instagram followers: 9,174
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