If we had all of the money in the world, we’d have a personal trainer who would inspire us to hit the gym on the daily. He or she would show us moves that would tighten and tone, while simultaneously yelling out inspirational quotes to motivate us.
Alas, we’re not rich, and we don’t have access to a fitness guru. On the upside, there’s Instagram. The social sharing channel has become a platform where athletes and exercise geeks get together to motivate, educate and cheer one another on. The shared images serve as a solid kick in the pants, especially on the days that we’d rather lounge around our living room.
From ballerinas to celebrity trainers, here are 10 folks who inspire us in a healthy way, every day.
Instagrammers guaranteed to inspire you to get in shape
Misty CopelandMisty Copeland
This stunning ballerina has changed what it means to be a ballerina. Her athletic body and extreme poise will compel you to sign up for a barre class (or, at the very least, dance like no one's watching).
Quote: "I'm so proud and humbled to be a dancer."Misty Copeland via Instagram
Jen SinklerJen Sinkler
Jen is one of those gals who has always been athletic. A former rugby player, she's now a personal trainer and fitness writer who is unapologetic about her muscular frame. Her inspirational quotes will inspire you to get your butt in gear -- instead of to the couch.
Quote: "There is no greater wilderness than a body you wish to love."Jen Sinkler via Instagram
Jason KhalipaJason Khalipa
This CrossFit star is, as one would imagine, incredibly fit. He proudly posts pictures of his family, fitness regime and workouts. One of the most impressive shots may be his squat with 400 lb. weights. His feed shows what's possible when you push yourself physically.
Quote: "Everything is energy. Your thoughts begin it. Your emotions amplify it. And your actions increase its momentum."Jason Khalipa via Instagram
Race With ReasonRace With Reason
Race With Reason is an amalgamation of photos of everyday people hitting the trails. From snaps of families trekking together to pictures shot by runners, it will reignite your love for racing (even if you're at a snail's pace).
Quote: “I may not always have the strength to be able to run like I want to, but I'll cross that bridge when I get there. But as for today, I'll just enjoy crossing bridges like these."Race With Reason via Instagram
Suzanne HeynSuzanne Heyn
Suzanne is a Zen master. Scrolling through pics on her Instagram feed is like a lesson on how to be still; with each posed shot she provides some thought-starters on seizing the day. Her personal story is nothing short of heroic, too: at 27 she was diagnosed with cancer, which required her to have a complete hysterectomy.
Quote: "The ultimate acceptance comes from within. Love and accept yourself totally. Let your inner spirit shine through in all that you do."Suzanne Heyn via Instagram
Kathryn BudigKathryn Budig
Some yoga content on Instagram can feel anything but real; the poses people make or the lives they lead end up feeling too “granola." Kathryn's feed is the antithesis of all of that. While she does ace the art of bending, she shows how to do it in an attainable way. She eats what she wants, travels the world and encourages people to "do you."
Quote: "Live in motion. Nothing is permanent."Kathryn Budig via Instagram
Brett HoebelBrett Hoebel
Though Brett Hoebel is a trainer on The Biggest Loser, his feed is much more about fitness inspiration than it is about weight loss. He posts incredibly motivational quotes that will get you moving on the daily.
Quote: "Focus on what you can gain, not on how much you should lose."Brett Hoebel via Instagram
Sasha ExeterSasha Exeter
Three years ago, this badass lady was struggling with the side effects of a very rare kidney disease. Today, after busting her butt, she's become one of our favourite Canadian health stars. Her advice is real, her photos stunning and her energy infectious.
Quote: "It doesn't matter what level of athletic ability you've been in your life. It's never too late to start again. And it's definitely not too late to become the person you want to be. Stretch often. Train smart."Sasha Exeter via Instagram
Tracy AndersonTracy Anderson
When your clients are Jennifer Lopez and Gwyneth Paltrow, you're doing something right in the fitness realm. Through Insta, Tracy communicates her latest tips and tricks, and she shares workout advice that she gives her A-list clientele. There's also fun photos of her family and travels.
Quote: "We are how we move. We are how we eat. We are how we treat ourselves."Tracy Anderson via Instagram
Joshua HolmesJoshua Holmes
This gent has run over 126 marathons and nearly 30 races that required him to race over 100 miles. He's also the founder of Run It Fast, an organization that helps people hit the trails. From stunning shots of the routes he races to pictures of what he eats to stay energized (french fries!), it's a feed worth scrolling through.
Quote: #RunItFastJoshua Holmes via Instagram