You Should Be Following…
In a world that often promotes unattainable beauty standards and unhealthy diets, it’s important to have positive role models who remind us that every body is beautiful and deserving of love and care. That’s why we’ve put together a list of inspiring women who are using their platforms to promote body positivity and wellness in all its forms. Whether you’re looking for yoga inspiration, tips on intuitive eating, or motivation to try cold water swimming, these women have got you covered. The common thread that ties these women together is their unwavering commitment to empowering others to feel confident, strong, and beautiful in their own skin. So, follow them on social media and let them remind you that yes, you are brilliant, just the way you are!
1. Jessamyn Stanley (@mynameisjessamyn)
Meet Jessamyn Stanley: self described Beyonce of Yoga. Jessamyn is an author, yoga teacher, and champion for inclusive wellness. Her feed showcases not only instructional yoga poses and motivational mantras, but also personal stories about how yoga has transformed her life for the better. Say goodbye to stereotypes about what a ‘yogi’ looks like and follow Stanley’s empowering journey. Ready to join in? Start by checking out one of her classes through The Underbelly.
2. Poorna Bell (@poornabell / @seemystrong)
Poorna Bell is a multi-talented author and journalist who uses her platform to tackle issues such as male suicide, race, and politics. But when she’s not writing thought-provoking articles, she’s winning powerlifting trophies. Poorna’s personal journey of transformation from a school ‘runt’ who couldn’t do sports to a powerlifting champion has inspired her to create See My Strong, a community that aims to empower people through stories of fitness, regardless of color, culture, age, body size, or ability. See My Strong celebrates the unique paths that different women take to find their own strength, whether it’s through weightlifting, yoga, running, or even darts. The message is clear: everyone deserves to feel strong and empowered, no matter their starting point.
3. Colleen Reichmann (@drcolleenreichmann)
Dr Colleen Reichmann is a clinical psychologist from Philadelphia who shares about body image, eating disorders, and motherhood on her social media platforms. Her posts are authentic and straightforward, delivering essential reminders such as “you deserve to savour those desserts, regardless of someone else’s dietary restrictions” and the importance of embracing our individual tastes and food choices.
Dr Reichmann doesn’t shy away from addressing challenging subjects like navigating a family member’s fat-shaming remarks, understanding the impact of pregnancy on our bodies, and raising kids in a body-positive environment. Follow her for a refreshing take on these vital topics.
4. Dietitian Anna (@DietitianAnna)
Anna Sweeney, the owner of Whole Life Nutrition Counselling, is a certified eating disorder dietitian and Intuitive Eating specialist. Her mission is to assist her followers in establishing a positive relationship with food, body image, and natural weight. As a proud disabled woman, she discusses chronic illness and wellness on her Instagram posts, providing guidance on how to navigate these areas. Sweeney reminds her audience to practice self-care and acknowledges that eating is an essential component of it.
5. Gede Foster (@gedefoster)
Gede Foster is an Under Armour athlete and the fitness head at FIIT TV, with a wealth of knowledge on HIIT, pilates, female strength, pre and post-natal fitness, and fascia release. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, she’s also a master at burpees. On her Instagram, she shares exclusive looks at the content she’s filmed with FIIT, along with technique videos that break down moves like reverse burpees. Gede is a fierce proponent of female strength, encouraging her followers to love and empower their bodies. Her motto, “love your body, let it empower you,” is a message that resonates strongly with us.
6. Ella Chloe @ellachloeswims
Ella Chloe is a cold water swimming enthusiast and her Instagram feed is all about encouraging others to take the plunge. Outdoor swimming is gaining popularity for its supposed health benefits, from improving sleep and circulation to boosting the immune system and metabolism. Even professional athletes attest to the anti-inflammatory effects of cold water therapy, which can make you physically and mentally stronger.
If you need a little nudge to try it out for yourself, Ella is the perfect motivator. She breaks down stereotypes about what a swimmer should look like and shares stunning photos of her river-based adventures, even in the chilly month of December when she took on a ‘dip a day’ challenge. Her posts describe the wildlife she encounters and the cleanliness of the water, making you want to find your nearest swimming spot and dive in.
7. Latoya Shauntay Snell (@iamlshauntay)
Latoya Shauntay Snellis a force to be reckoned with. As a chef and ultrarunner, her Instagram feed is packed with inspiring training videos, showcasing how she hones her craft both in and out of the gym. Snell doesn’t shy away from the tough stuff, sharing honest accounts of competing in 100-mile races and demonstrating her prowess in cycling, swimming, and pole fitness. She proves that loving food and loving fitness can go hand-in-hand, and her unstoppable attitude is sure to motivate anyone to get moving.
Oh… and of course us! (@GloriousSport)
We might be slightly biased here, but we think our feed is pretty great! We scour the globe to share inspirational women doing something great in the world of sport, art and culture. Be sure to give us a follow and stay in the loop with our stories – we post daily so there’s always something new to see and we love a healthy discussion in the comments!
Team Glorious x