Local Wellness Instagram Accounts You Can Actually Learn Something From


Posted on Monday, 8th Aug, 2016

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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!)


Body Hack


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.



@DesertSwanblog


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

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@ChloeMoir_Nutrition


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.



@RefPerformance


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.


@emilie_dxb


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.



@BernaciseMe


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.



@gcpcoachingdxb


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

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