Local Wellness Instagram Accounts You Can Actually Learn Something From
In a fitness social media world of perfected poses, glossy images and workout selfies it can be easy to be left wanting for more.
While many of us probably know the big local fitness accounts, there’s plenty of lesser known accounts that offer some little gems of nutrition and fitness knowledge. Here’s just a few of who we think are worth a follow (though there were plenty of others we love that couldn't fit here this time!)
Good for: understanding the mind-body connection
Dubai-based wellness company Body//Hack’s approach is all about the brain-body connection and training that focuses on using the brain to get the most out of your body. Their trainers in Dubai integrate neuroscience principles for better health and sports performance, and they offer some great snippets of information that you might not usually think about, so there’s ample opportunity to learn something new by a quick ‘follow’.
Want to get to know your brain? Check out their next workshop here.
"Core training" is often touted as the "cure" for alleviating or preventing low back pain. However, evidence indicates that almost any type of exercise the person enjoys or that improves their movement quality can reduce pain. So we don't need to be obsessed with the "core" or suggest to people "Oh, you need a stronger core." A walk by the beach or a night out dancing could also do the trick. Repost: #massagefitnessmag #core #backpain #physio #rehab #prehab #physiotherapy #pilates #clinic #osteopathy #chiropractic #movement #fitnessmyths #dance #pilates #yoga #fitness #anatomy #dubaifitness #dubaihealth #uaehealthmovement #uaefitnessmovement #bodyhack #bodyhackuae
Good for: balance of yoga + strength
A refreshing account in the yoga Instagram space, this yoga teacher's philosophy is that being bendy is not the be-all-and-end-all and that strength is just important as flexibility. The creative and easy-to-make recipes she posts and more in-depth articles on her blog are also worth following for.
This pose may look pretty or cool, but the reality is that it has taken work to get there and I also don't just rock it out at whim. Just like splits, I take time to prepare my body, this photo taken after around 90 minutes of stretching and strength training. This kind of mobility/flexibility isn't for everyone, nor 'should' it be. As I've said before, a lot of social media 'yoga' is in fact contortion, the people you see often dancers, gymnasts or even contortionists. Strength means stable joints, which most importantly, are healthy joints. There is certainly such a thing as 'over flexible' which can come with its own long term health risks. Healthy joints = a healthy lifelong practice. ___ #flexibility #stretch #yoga #yogi #yogagirl #yogalove #yogapose #yogaeverydamnday #yogaeverywhere #dubai #mydubai #fitness #uae #health #healthy #body #inspiration #practice #fit #fitfam #fitspo #progress #flexible #strength #london #love #fitness #gym #gymnastics
Good for: healthy recipes
Through her Instagram account and blog, Dubai-based nutritionist Chloe Moir, a qualified nutritionist and personal trainer with a BSc in Human Nutrition and Sport & Exercise Science, shares her passion for nutrition, food, cooking and life. All of her recipes use real ingredients, and are plant-based and gluten free.
Thinking if whipping up one of these bad boys tonight for dinner. Roast pumpkin, spinach and feta frittata such an easy recipe and you can use any of your favourite vegetables! Recipe on the blog #fritatta #eggs #vegetarian #nutrition #nutritionist #antioxidants #glutenfree #healthyfoodshare #healthyfood #healthyrecipes #health #wellness #wholefoods #dairyfree #foodmedicine #superfood #paleo #plantbased #organic #detox #realfood
Good for: gym training tips & easy-to-make meals
Chris Warden is a strength, body building, fat loss and online coach and on his Instagram you’ll mostly find training ideas and tips, while his food posts give quick and easy ideas for meals.
Good for: therapy ball tips
Emilie is a Yoga Tune Up instructor and Pilates teacher who shares regular tips on how to most effectively use therapy balls to relieve tension in the body, and improve mobility and blood circulation, among other benefits.
It all starts with the feet. It's one of my top knead-to-roll areas. When we think of the feet we immediately focus on the sole of the foot (and for good reason), but there's also some yummy (and surprisingly tender) real estate in the dorsal region that deserves attention too. With an original @yogatuneup therapy ball underneath the foot, place the sole of your other foot on top and pull downwards trying to shear the skin away from the ankle. Then move in a twisting motion to generate some heat. Your feet (and ankles, and knees, and hips and and and...) will thank you for it! #FasciaSelfie #askmeaboutmyballs #foothealth #feet #myofascialrelease #yourfeetfeel #solesavior #pilates #dubai #yoga #fitfam
Good for: nutritional guidance + at home workouts
Bernadette is a certified fitness professional with over 15 years of health and fitness experience under her belt and is also an ex-competitive gymnast, track athlete and martial artist. This mum of four’s account shares some practical nutritional advice and workout routines that you can do at home, ideal for beginners or while travelling. In addition to her nutrition tips on social media, she shares more in-depth knowledge such as this piece on which type of water you should be drinking in the UAE.
If you're going to eat chips, choose a better substitute; organic with minimal ingredients (3 to 4, not 50!) & the right type of oil! Watch to see what ingredients I look for and what to avoid! As always, more health tips on snap @bernaciseme. #organic #chips #readlabels #knowyourfood #nutritiontip #realfood #bBetter #bNourished #personaltrainer #nutritionist #dubai #bernaciseme
Good for: training tips
The coaches at Game Changer Performance drop some helpful training tips on their Instagram, many of which can be easily implemented into your training.
Kneeling Rock Back Test # This is an awesome test for testing how deep we should squat, as well as to which point in hip flexion we can control our hips. # You can see in the picture our client Kylie is able to maintain a neutral lumbar curve (natural arch of lower back) whilst rocking back. # If you do this and your pelvis starts to tuck under, you know you have went past your end range of where you should be squatting. # GIVE IT A TRY! # Get someone to video you performing the test. # If you can sit all the way back maintaining that neutral spine position, you have sufficient range of motion to perform a full range squat. # Whether you have the strength, stability and control within that range of motion, thats another conversation # This is a great place to start. # We will post a video on this in the coming weeks #gcpcoachingdxb #fitness #movement #testing #movewithpurpose #fitnessdxb
Posted by FitnessLink
on Tue, 27th Sep, 2016