Working out is hard as hell—even before you hit the gym. Sometimes the best intentions, like setting an early alarm or packing sneakers in your work bag, won’t be enough to get you psyched about the grueling training session you’ve got planned. The truth is that every day won’t feel like a fitness fairytale, so don’t be so hard on yourself. Plus, it’s totally fine to skip the occasional workout. In fact taking extra time to recover may help you reach your fitness goal faster (hi foam roller!).

But before you hit snooze or head to happy hour with sweat-free gym gear, think about whether you’re skipping one session or playing fitness hooky on the reg. It’s called working out for a reason—you have to show up and do something in order to see results. If you need a little inspiration before you get your fitness on, try these 17 ways real women motivate themselves to get #UpNOut.

Related: This Is What Happens To Your Body When You Take A Break From Working Out

1. Write down your goals and look at that list often. Liam Norris, Getty Images

“I’m always fighting the battle of immediate versus long-term gratification, so I try to find ways to immediately remind myself of the long-term plan by writing little messages on my wrist. It can be anything from ‘4-8,’ because I believe it takes four to eight weeks for results of working out regularly to show, to ‘thank you,’ which is a reminder that I’ll thank myself later if I stick with my plan.” —Lindsey, 21

2. Create a buddy system with your BFF (even if you don’t actually work out together).

“I’ve found that motivating myself to work out usually has to come from a positive place instead of a negative place. My best friend and I have a shared private fitness board on Pinterest for when we need extra motivation. My friend is way better at updating it than me, but it’s super motivating, especially because I tend to work out alone. I can check our board and still feel like I have someone keeping me accountable.” —Claire, 23

3. Plan your workout schedule in advance.

“My week fills up quickly with events for work, drinks with friends, and other miscellaneous activities, so every Sunday I set aside 30 minutes to plan my workout schedule—and that includes booking spots in whatever classes I want to take. Then I write (yes, write!) the workouts in my planner. Once something is added to my calendar I consider it a non-negotiable—I have to go!” –Bari, 29

4. Have a killer playlist ready to go.

“To motivate myself to work out, I make playlists I know I will want to run to. My go-to running songs are mostly DJs like Swedish House Mafia, Alesso, and Audien, but I never forget the fitness classics, like ‘Run The World (Girls)’ by Beyoncé and ‘Sexy Back’ by Justin Timberlake.” —Emily, 23

5. Embrace your competitive side, if you’ve got it. Thomas Barwick, Getty Images

I’ve been in a workout rut this winter. Subzero temperatures aren’t exactly inviting for a nice morning run, so I head back to the gym for the same old, same old. As things finally begin to thaw out, I’ve been itching for some motivation to get moving again. Enter the 60-day challenge from The Works, a training studio here in New York City. Now, I’m not sure if it’s the pressure of a trainer regularly checking my progress or the nutritionist measuring my waistline—or maybe it’s the $1,000 cash prize (did I forget to mention that?)—but something has lit a fire under me. It may have taken a small army to get me back to the grind, but psyching yourself up to get moving again doesn’t have to take a force of nature. I asked The Works’ founder Jennifer Searles for her best tips on how to get back in shape for summer.

Get new gear. “Buy a shiny new pair of sneakers, workout outfit, and gym bag. New stuff always gets you excited to use it,” says Searles. I love the idea of designing my own new kicks at

__Shoot for three days a week.__People overdo it when they aim for six or seven days a week. “Doing too much in the beginning will burn you out and make you not want to go. Start small and stay interested,” adds Searles.

Try something new. “If you’ve always done the treadmill, try a new machine. If you’ve never taken a class before, sign up for that boot camp,” says Searles. Or if you’re feeling adventurous, try one of these cool new classes: Surf Set (a full-body workout on a surfboard), 305 Fitness (a cardio dance class), or a barre class (total-body toning at a ballet barre).

Write everything down. “Logging it all in a journal—a new one that is only for your new workout plans—is the best way to hold yourself accountable. Seeing it all written down makes you want to keep improving,” says Searles.

Tell your friends. “Your goals are more real when people know about them. Plus, they are your friends, so you won’t want to let them down when they see you skipping workouts or cheating on your diet.”

Buy a new swimsuit. “Need I say more?”

Buy a new pair of jeans. See above.

Get new tunes. “Make a new workout playlist. Good music makes anyone want to move.”

Reward yourself. “When you are able to run four miles, treat yourself to something you’ve wanted for a while.”

Take a selfie! “Record your progress in pictures every two to three weeks. Insta-collage them side by side to see how well you’re doing.” And while you’re on Instagram, you may want to start following supermotivational and inspiring accounts (@fitgirlsworldwide, @cleaneatz, and @factsofhealth).

What motivates you to dust off your sneakers and get moving again after a long winter?

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AICR’s October eNews article features 7 phone apps for good health and cancer prevention. If you’re trying to lose weight, tracking your food intake is one of the best ways to get started – it holds you accountable for what you eat and allows you to see areas for improvement. You might realize foods (or drinks) that seemed harmless, like your daily coffee with cream and sugar, can really add up in the calorie bank.

If you want to track your intake on a computer, here are six great websites for weight loss. These sites are either personal favorites or ones that have successfully helped clients of mine manage their weight.

Getting Started: Determine your daily calorie goals. This varies for everyone but you can use an online calculator like this one for an estimate or go to a health professional (e.g., a registered dietitian). Many of these sites use a similar calorie calculator when you sign up for an account.

1. – At this site you enter what you’ve eaten and those foods are subtracted from your daily calorie goals. It’s rare that I can’t find something I have eaten on this website! It has just about everything, ranging from individual foods to common restaurant meals. You can add customized recipes and set your home screen to display the nutrients you care most about (e.g. calories, carbohydrates, protein, sodium, and fiber).

2. – This site allows you to compare foods and beverages. Click on a category or search the database to see products listed with a calorie amount and an assigned letter grade. This makes it easy to find products that are better for you (the As) when you aren’t sure which item or brand to purchase. The site also has a great smart phone app.

3. — On, you can track your intake using the Nutrition Tracker on your personalized homepage. As you select foods, you can add them to “My Favorites”. The site also includes links to create a grocery list for the week, browse recipes, or have meal plans developed for you. Using the meal plan feature, you can specify options like “vegetarian” or “low sodium”.

4. – This website has a section called “Food-A-Pedia” where you can compare the nutrition content of foods side by side. You can see how your daily food intake and activity compare to government recommendations. All product information here has been entered by experts (rather than many user-entered items from the other sites), but this also means it may be difficult to find some name brand products or common restaurant foods.

5. – This website is extremely straightforward and intuitive if you want to simply get nutrition information for a food. A nutrition facts panel is displayed for each food item you search with exercise tips on ways to burn off those calories. For daily food and activity tracking, you can purchase a software program for $12/month. It allows up to five users, so it’s good for families who want to track their intake together.

6. – In addition to letting you track your daily intake, exercise, and weight, this website also has an area to track your mood. Tracking your emotions (e.g. stress, hunger, or happiness) can help you see when you may be more likely to over- or under-eat.

The bottom line: there are many websites and apps out there to help you track your intake. Use the one that works best for you to get on the right track towards a healthier weight and cancer prevention!

Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, is a clinical dietitian at the Massachusetts General Hospital Weight Center. She has a passion for promoting a healthy lifestyle and reducing obesity through improved nutrition and physical activity.

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Sonja Goedkoop, MSPH, RD, is the lead registered dietitian at Zesty, Inc. She is passionate about helping others improve their health through diet and physical activity and believes eating nutritious food should be easy and taste great. You can follow her on Twitter @SonjaGoedkoopRD. View all posts by Sonja Goedkoop
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Jamie Grill/Getty Who doesn’t need a helping hand when it comes to losing weight? In fact, a Brown University study found that online weight-loss programs that were based not only on good medical information but also offered feedback from a professional were more successful for dieters than those that were only information-based. To find the best of the leading diet sites that offer solid advice and support, the Good Housekeeping Research Institute examined the 10 most popular, assessing the sites’ questionnaires (to be sure they’re analyzing your needs properly), experts’ credentials, variety and value of diet recommendations including reasonable expectations for weight loss, Internet privacy policies, and ease of site navigation. We’ve also noted if these sites have a fitness component (if that’s more what you’re after, see our Top Fitness Sites). Keep in mind: Before starting a new diet, consult your physician.

Overall Best Diet Site ($65/13 weeks)

This science-based diet from cardiologist Dr. Arthur Agatston began when he was looking for a way for his overweight patients to make healthier food choices and lose weight to reduce heart strain and other vascular problems that result from obesity. The site is easy to navigate and has many tools, like a grocery-shopping planner, a guide to staying on the program when dining out, and a recipe archive. The program includes daily snacks and dessert, so you won’t feel deprived. However, there are initial diet restrictions. In the first two weeks, the diet prescribes omitting grains, sugar, and fruits, which could be discouraging to some. The site also offers good expert feedback — something you won’t get from just buying the book. While one-on-one counseling is available for $3 per week, you can post on the “Ask the Nutritionist” message board for a fast reply. The site also includes the South Beach Diet Fitness Club, consisting of Pilates-based core movements with pictures and step-by-step video instruction.

Best Active Community ($40/month, $140/year)

This site has an extensive introductory questionnaire that helps tailor meal plans and advice to your eating style and personality (heavy snacker, mindless eater, and more). Users also have easy access to the staff doctor, Dr. Robert Kushner, a professor at Northwestern University’s medical school and president-elect of the Obesity Society. You can e-mail or post personalized questions to the “Coaching Corner” for same-day responses from Dr. Kushner. The site hosts live weekly chats with diet and fitness experts, message boards, and a buddy system to pair you with a fellow dieter for more motivation. Also offered is advice on coping with emotional concerns that often lead to overeating, although our expert couldn’t find any articles on maintenance and avoiding weight regain. Fitness information — including workout planners and video exercises — is included.

Best Free Advice (free)

Very customizable meal plans allow you to enter health concerns like “low-cholesterol” and “low-sodium,” something that wasn’t offered on other sites. The program is broken into stages one through four, to help move you through the journey of weight loss one step at a time. The online community is very active, and “Spark Teams” of other members will help keep you motivated on bad days. Somewhat unconventional meals (example: black beans and corn over rice, cottage cheese, and a cookie) might not be appealing or satisfying for everyone. Sparkpeople’s fitness component is just as extensive as the nutrition section.

Best Holistic Plan ($65/13 weeks, with a minimum 5-week nonrefundable charge of $25)

Run by Duke University’s Diet and Fitness Center Residential Program, this site has a total well-being approach. Articles and tools address every aspect of health with regard to weight loss (nutrition, fitness, attitude, and behavior) to find the right diet strategy that fits into your lifestyle. It also gives users realistic goals, doing the best job of explaining the healthiest rate of weight loss and how to keep it up. However, it offers little interaction as a basic member. While experts post occasional blogs of new content, they don’t respond to personal questions unless you pay more for coaching ($3 per week). The site has a thorough fitness section as well, with physical fitness routines tailored to your abilities, goals, and interests.

Best for Non-Chefs$350/month)

If you don’t want to think about what to cook for dinner, this plan is for you. On it, you select 28 days’ worth of prepackaged meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert), which are shipped to your home in six to 10 days (or faster, with priority shipping). The program allows you to choose from different diet tracks depending on sex, age, and dietary restrictions (diabetic and vegetarian). All the food groups are here, but the site doesn’t encourage milk or yogurt, so you may miss out on calcium. Because you have to buy its food, its membership is more costly than the others (about $12.50 per day), but if you opt to have your next month of food automatically shipped, you get a 10% discount. While there is also a fitness component including exercise logs, plans, and tips, this is primarily a food and diet site.

Best Flexible Plan ($47/month or $65/3 months)

For the dieter who hates being told what to eat, Weight Watchers might be the best fit. You’re allotted points based on your weight, age, and activity level, and you can eat anything you want as long as you stay within your points limit. The site also has recipes galore — you can search by cuisine (Thai, anyone?), difficulty, prep time, and point values, and tag recipes that meet the plan’s guidelines for “filling foods.” But since there’s no specific meal plan to follow, you’re on your own to create a menu based on your point allotment. This requires a lot of calculating in order to keep track of points. Also included is a fitness section with tips, exercise demos, and articles.

Get Motivated! Top 8 Sites for Fitness Inspiration

Sometimes, you need a little extra inspiration to get motivated. Fortunately, these 8 websites feel your pain. Beyond inspirational stories and motivating tools, these sites each have special insights, points of view, or sharing features that help you follow through on an “I’m going to do it” impulse. Hire a life coach if you want, or use these sites to get (and keep) the change ball rolling.

1. The Happiness Project

What is it? The Happiness Project is an online toolkit (literally) for success. Not only does it help you create specific goals (not just the “do what it takes” pseudoplan!), but the Happiness Project Toolbox lets you track your progress and document how fantastic it feels to stick with it. One entry: “Woke up for 7am yoga, and felt so energetic for the rest of the day!”.

Why we love it: Making a resolution or setting up “personal commandments” to live by in public (you can set it to private if you want) definitely inspires you to keep them. Plus, seeing other people’s ideas is endlessly inspiring (“Write one positive thing about my day, every day”) and amusing (“Tell my husband I love him every day and mean it”).

2. Before You Were Hot

What is it? Before You Were Hot is an online collection of users’ not-so-hot pics from childhood or their teens (uh, 80’s bangs, anyone?)-plus photos of what they look like now.

Why we love it: Transformation is a beautiful thing. If you ever doubt that you can change something about yourself, check how far people these people came. See? You can do it.

3. SparkPeople

What is it? SparkPeople is the largest online weight-loss community, with more than 8 million members working toward their goals-and encouraging each other as they do it.

Why we love it: A motivation tab features articles, quotes, videos and success stories that’ll get you moving even on your laziest days, including 5 Things You Can Learn From Your Mistakes (we love places that support messing up every now and then). If you’ve got any excuse not to work out, this site will likely bust it.

4. This Is Why You’re Thin!

What is it? Thank you! A site that makes healthy food look as good as what you see in a pastry case! While This Is Why You’re Fat features calorie bombs like bacon wrapped in cheese and wrapped in more bacon-and then deep fried, this is the anti-site that showcases pretty-enough-to-eat images of foods that make and keep you healthy.

Why we love it: The inventive dishes (no-yawn-poached chicken!) look so delicious, you’ll wonder why you ever reached for the bad stuff.

5. Yum Yucky

What is it? Yum Yucky is one mom’s no-holds-barred blog about her attempts to strike a healthy balance between her love for food and her fitness goals. Warning: This site’s occasional four-letter feistiness isn’t for the prim.

Why we love it: Blogger Josie Maurer’s oh-so-relatable posts-including getting over carb delirium (and not being bloated) and “reverse journaling” (you write down what you managed to pass up and not eat!)-galvanize us to follow her lead. 6. 43 Things

What is it? 43 Things is a collection of lists of things people want to do, from running a half marathon and taking a photo every day for a year to keeping a notepad of awesome moments and empowering girls and women to be free-thinkers and be self-sufficient.

Why we love it: Not only can you list your dreams, but you can add others’ to your list (including things you never would have come up with on your own, but are great ideas). Some are predictable, some, not so much. One recent day, “grow wings” was one of the most popular goals. But so were “stop procrastinating” and “lose weight.”

7. Diary of a Fat Woman

What is it? The story of Joanna, a 28-year-old mom of three, full-time student and part-time teacher who’s on a quest to lose 113 pounds to get to her goal weight of 150 (she’s lost 60 pounds already).

Why we love it: Joanna finds smart ways to sneak healthy activity into her days-by running around with her kids at the park (“Sitting on the bench and watching them doesn’t count!”), participating in a Biggest Loser contest with coworkers, getting rid of junk food in the house (“The kids will get over it”), and waking up at the crack of dawn for exercise (“Painful, but feels so good when it’s over”). If she can do it, you can, too.

8. StickK

What is it? Set your health, nutrition or fitness goal, plug in your credit card number and pledge a specific amount (an amount you’d really miss!) to a charity or political party that you don’t support. If you don’t reach your goal, the folks you disagree with get the dough.

Why we love it: Putting cold, hard cash on the line is a sure way to get motivated. Hey, sometimes it takes a little fight to get you moving.

  • By Nicole Jurick

This is the ultimate list of the top fitness and health related hashtags you should use to get more likes and followers!

Fitness and health trends, workout plans, and motivational videos dominate a huge portion of content on Instagram.

Therefore, if you’re a business or influencer, or just want to share tips and find inspiration, using the right fitness hashtags on your posts and stories gives you a real chance to expose your accounts to a bigger audience.

1. Fitness Hashtags
2. Yoga Hashtags
3. Workout & Gym Hashtags
4. Bodybuilding Hashtags
5. Running Hashtags
6. Basketball Hashtags
7. Golf Hashtags
8. Football & Soccer Hashtags
9. Baseball Hashtags
10. Keto Hashtags
11. Vegan Hashtags
12. Health Hashtags
13. Healthy Eating Hashtags
14. Motivational & Quote Hashtags
15. Hashtag Tips
16. Scheduling Hashtags in Advance

Depending on your sport, lifestyle or diet there are many categories of hashtags to choose from – pick the best ones from each category for your post ✨

Before we dive in, check out our All-In-One Guide To Instagram Hashtags!

Most Popular Fitness Hashtags

Fitness is one of the most popular topics on Instagram all over the world! So we have listed the most popular fitness hashtags of all time for you here;

#Fitness #Instafit #Getfit #Fitspiration #Fitnessaddict #Fitnessmotivation #Fitnesslife #Fitnesslifestyle #Fitnessgoals #Fitnessfreak #Fitnessfreaks #Fitnesstips #Fitnessinspiration #Fitnessblogger #Fitnessfun #Fitnessjourney #Fitnessgoal #Fitnessfood #Fitnesslove #Fitnesstransformation #Fitnesscoach #Fitnessforlife #Fitnessphysique #Fitnesswear #Fitnessjunkie #Fitnessguru #Fitnessaddicted

#Fitness is the most popular Fitness hashtag of course!

Top Yoga Hashtags 🧘‍♂️

Instagram is a huge platform for yogis all over the world, and a great place to share practice, classes and progress.

Whether you’re an instructor looking to find new students, or a beginner documenting your flexibility increasing, there is a large community who want to find your posts!

Make it easier with these yoga-specific hashtags along with the yoga position(s) in the post:

Yoga is huge on Insta and #Yogaeverydamnday is one of our favs! 🧘

Top Workout and Gym Hashtags 🏋️‍♂️

These are the top hashtags you should include whenever you’re showcasing your workout gains, routines and inspiration! Throwing these in where relevant will bring all the gym addicts to your posts.

Insta is the perfect place for workout tips 🏋️‍♀️💪🏋️‍♂️

Top Bodybuilding Hashtags 💪

If you’re all about bodybuilding, take the relevant top gym and workout hashtags then combine them with these to get your posts in front of people looking exactly for your type of content!

#Bodybuilding #Bodybuildingmotivation #Bodybuildinglifestlye #Strongwomen #Powerlifter #Powerbuilding #Liftingweights #Weightlifting #Olympiclifting #Olympicweightlifting #Powerliftingmotivation #Squats #Benchpress #Absworkout #Legworkout #Legday #ChestDay #Backday #Arms #Shoulderworkout #Glutes #Lats #Pullups #Deadlift #Biceps

#Bodybuildingmotivation 🏋️

Top Running Hashtags 🏃‍♀️

Another big community on Instagram is the runners! It’s great place to share training progress, marathon prep, and even your new trainers. With apps such as Strava, FitBit and MapMyRun, sharing your runs online has never been easier. Get out jogging and join the hype!

#Running #Run #RunnersOfInstagram #FurtherFasterStronger #RunningMotivation #Marathon #MarathonTraining #SeenOnMyRun #TrailRunning #InstaRunners #CrossCountry #Instarunners #LoveRunning #RunnerLife #RunningCommunity #RunningShoes #RunItFast

Whether it’s your 10th marathon or your first jog, join the community of runners on Instagram with these hashtags 👟

Top Basketball Hashtags 🏀

Are you a baller? Or want to share your content with Basketball players and teams around the world? Here are the most popular basketball hashtags for you to grow your engagement:

#Baskeyball #Bball #Ballislife #Dunk #Slamdunk #Basketballislife #Basketballgame #Basketballneverstops #Basketball🏀 #Basketballtraining #NBA #Slamdunk #Hoops #Basketballtime #Basketballcourt #Layup #Basketballdrills #Dunkcontest #Threepointer #Freethrow #Balling #Anklebreaker #Basketballovers #Jumpshot #Basketballdrills #Alleyoop #Ballhandlingdrills #Girlsbasketball #

Basketball is one of the most popular sport Hashtags 🏀

Top Golf Hashtags 🏌️‍♀️

Golf and Instagram… a match made in heaven. Checkout these hashtags – whether you want to teach the perfect swing, improve your game, or show off the latest equipment.

Analyse the swings and get the gear 🏌️‍♀️

Top Football and Soccer Hashtags ⚽

If you live in North America, Australia or South Africa, you’ll know “football” as the American, Aussie, or rugby versions of the sport. However for people who live almost everywhere else in the world, Football is the same as Soccer ⚽

On Instagram, #Football is dominated by soccer posts! So we have grouped the most popular football and soccer hashtags for you here. If you’re interested in NFL style football, your top hashtag is simply #NFL!

Tekkers means technique – use your audience’s language ⚽👌

Top Baseball Hashtags ⚾

Instagram is a great place to find and share the latest dingers, news or swag! These are the top Baseball hashtags:

Videos are perfect when you’re engaging with sports fans!

Top Keto Hashtags 🐟🥦

The Ketogenic diet is increasingly popular and consists of high fat, low carb, normal protein foods. The idea is to force the body into burning fat.

Like any diet, people can find it difficult to stick to! Instagram is an amazing place to find and share recipe ideas, tips and motivation. So here are the most popular Keto hashtags:

#Keto #Ketodiet #Lowcarb #Ketogenic #Ketosis #Ketolife #Ketogeniclifestlye #Ketogeniclife #Ketoweightloss #Ketogenicdiet #Ketotransformation #Ketolifestyle #Ketofood #Ketorecipes #Ketofam #Ketoaf #Ketobreakfast #Ketomealprep #Ketoliving #Ketomeals #Ketofriendly #Ketoadapted

Share inspiration, tips and recipes 🥦

Top Vegan Hashtags

Veganism is growing exponentially around the world due to its benefits for the environment, health and animal welfare.

Share your recipes, inspiration, and mouth watering food using the most popular vegan hashtags on Instagram:

#Vegan #Plantbased #Veganfood#Veganrecipes #Veganaf #Govegan #Vegansofig #Veganlife #Whatveganseat #Veganism #Vegano #Veganfoodshare #Veganbreakfast #Vegansofinstagram #Vegans #Veganfoodie #Vegandinner #Vegantreats #Veganfitness #Vegandiet #Veganprotein #Eatplants #Veganpower #Bestofvegan #Crueltyfree #Crueltyfreebeauty

Share your #Vegan motivation and food 🥬😍

Top Health Hashtags

If you’re sharing healthy lifestyle, food and exercise tips or inspiration, these are the top Health hashtags you need to maximise your engagement ❤️

#Health #Healthy #Wellness #Healthylifestyle #Healthandwellness #Healthychoices #Healthytips #Exercise #Transformation #Workout #Getfit #Gym #Healthyfood #Cleaneating #Mealprep #Healthymeals #Eathealthy #GetHealthy #HealthyLife #HealthTalk #MindBodySoul

Top Healthy Eating Hashtags🥑

Instagram’s also a great place to share healthy eating inspo! Whether you want to share your meal prep, new recipes, diet plans, nutritional information or even just post a photo of an avocado (because everyone who eats healthy loves avocados right?) you need to use these hashtags…

#Healthyfood#HealthyEating #EatClean #Cleaneats #CleanEating #Healthyeats #Eathealthy #Healthyfoodshare #Foodspo #EatLocal #FitFood #GlutenFree #HealthyRecipes #Nutrition #Paleo #Vegan #Keto #HealthyFoodPorn #IQuitSugar #Detox #Nutrition #AvocadoLove #CalorieCounting #MealPrep #Healthybreakfast #Healthylunch #Healthydinner #Rawfood

Join the health and fitness community on Instagram by sharing posts about eating well and looking after your body 🥑

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Top Motivational & Quote Hashtags 💪

Getting in the gym and getting serious about health and fitness can be an upward struggle, and sometimes all you need is a little motivation and a push. It’s therefore no surprise that motivational quotes get so much love on Instagram. These motivational fitness hashtags will not only increase the reach of your motivational posts, but also help you find inspiration among the community…

#FitQuote #FitnessMotivation #Fitspo #GetFit #GoalSetting #YouCanDoIt #FitnessGoals #TrainHard #NoExcuses #MondayMotivation #BodyGoals #PhysiqueGoals #Mirrin #Hardworkdedication #GymMotivation #GoGetIt #DreamBig #JustDoIt #Iwill #BestLifeProject #Alwaysinbeta #Betterforit #Findyourstrong

Looking to get motivated or inspire others? Share your journey with the fitness-gurus of Instagram 🏆

Hashtag Tips

When hashtagging, it’s important not to overload or spam your posts with hashtags that don’t work and could result in you getting shadow-banned.

The trick is to use a few generic and a few niche specific hashtags to give you the best reach – just make sure they are always relevant to the photo, video or story you’ve posted.

Check out our All-In-One Guide To Instagram Hashtags here for more tips!

For more top niche Instagram hashtags, take a look at our other guides:

Top Photography Hashtags 📸
Top Food Hashtags 🍕
Top Fashion Hashtags 👗

Schedule Your Hashtags

By scheduling your posts in advance together with your chosen hashtags, you will save time growing your Instagram account! 🤩

With Hopper HQ you can:

  1. Search for the most popular hashtags
  2. Add hashtags to your caption
  3. Add hashtags to your first comment
  4. Schedule your post and first comment in advance
  5. Set and forget – Hopper HQ posts automatically for you!

Here is Hopper HQ’s hashtag search and selector in action:

I hope you found this article on the top fitness and health hashtags useful! If you have anything to add, or any questions, just let us know in the comments 💙

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The 10 best fitness blogs

Gina is a mom of two, and she shares snippets of her family life on the blog along with quick, effective workouts and healthful recipes that are super speedy to put together.

The latest posts on The Fitnessista include things to help with fitness motivation, the barre HIIT workout that you can practice anywhere, and a strength and cardio workout that can be completed on a park bench.

Visit The Fitnessista blog.

Suzanne Bowen Fitness

Suzanne Bowen compiled all of the training that she had received and given over the course of 16 years and created Suzanne Bowen Fitness. Suzanne is also the creator of BarreAmped, which is an internationally taught barre fitness technique.

Regardless of whether you haven’t exercised for a while or if you are a seasoned expert, Suzanne has workouts that range from 10 minutes to over an hour that are effective for everyone.

The blog provides challenges and workouts to boost your fitness levels, such as the crunchless abs workout, a light weight routine for the upper body, and a rebounding workout and its benefits.

Visit the Suzanne Bowen Fitness blog.

Knocked-Up Fitness

Erica Ziel is a mother of three and the founder of Knocked-Up Fitness. Erica is a personal trainer and expert for fitness-infused Pilates.

With more than 10 years’ experience training numerous clients, Erica is an expert in prenatal and postnatal training, and teaching women how to strengthen their core muscles for an easier pregnancy, delivery, and recovery.

The Knocked-Up Fitness blog delivers real and relevant topics to the busy mom or mom-to-be with articles such as why it’s important to properly strengthen your core, how to prevent and relieve back pain during pregnancy, and how movement can prepare your body for birth.

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Lisa Gulley established Workout Mommy in 2007 to provide health and fitness information for moms. Lisa says that as a mom of four boys, she is fully aware of how being a mom requires you to look after someone other than yourself 24/7 and that finding the time to exercise is a challenge.

Lisa aims to provide the inspiration, motivation, and ideas you need to fit fitness, exercise, and health into your busy schedule and keep your sanity in check.

Posts on Workout Mommy include ways to overcome a negative mindset, tips on how to start a fitness routine, and the types of cardio exercises that are best for women.

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Katie Dunlop is a certified personal trainer, group fitness instructor, and the creator of Love Sweat Fitness. She started Love Sweat Fitness with the aim of inspiring women all over the world to find their happy and healthy body.

After college, Katie found herself overweight by 45 pounds and was fed up with trendy workouts and fad diets. She decided to take her fitness and health into her own hands, lost her excess weight, and identified her true passion for helping women to reach their goals.

Inspiring posts on Katie’s blog include ways to make your morning workout the best part of your day, five tips for a happier and healthier you this year, and how to train for a 10k run.

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Nerd Fitness say that they are a community of misfits, mutants, and underdogs that are ready to help you on your fitness journey.

Whether you are overweight and frustrated, in danger of serious health issues, want to become a healthier parent, or just want to look after or feel better about yourself, Nerd Fitness aim to help you to make small changes so that you can live a happier, healthier, and more fulfilling life.

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Affirmations are powerful tools for weight loss, and any other goal you would like to achieve in life. Affirmations are short, positive statements written in the present tense about something that you would like to attract or manifest. The word affirm means to “make firm.”

Your mind is like a computer. Affirmations work like software programs to help reprogram the subconscious mind. Affirmations harness the power of your mind to bring about what you want to create. Affirmations help focus your attention on your goals and help to keep you on track. Using affirmations will make your weight loss goals a reality.

What you put your attention on grows. The law of attraction states that you attract to you what you think and feel most about. Your mind is like a powerful magnet attracting to you people and events that energetically match the content or vibration of your thoughts and feelings.

Everything in the universe is made up of energy. Thoughts too are a form of energy. You have probably heard the term “Thoughts are things.” I’m sure you have had the experience of being brought down by the negative vibes of a person, or you have found yourself depressed by your own gloomy thoughts.

All thought is creative. You can use your mind to create good with the use of positive thought, or you can use your mind to destroy by focusing on negative thoughts. Our bodies actually have a physical chemical reaction to the content of our thoughts. Negative thinking makes our bodies produce cortisol and other stress hormones, which makes us store fat around our bellies, and makes weight loss much more difficult.

Positive thinking has the power to unleash endorphins and other feel good chemicals throughout our body. Most of us have far more negative thoughts than positive ones. Yet, most of us go through our days unaware of the negative content of our minds. Then we wonder why we feel so badly.

If you are like most people, you probably focus more on what is missing in your life and on what you don’t want, rather than what you want to create. You focus on the problem, not on the solution.

Each of us is responsible for the content of our own minds. You have a choice as to the content of what you program your mind with. I like the saying “Garbage in,garbage out.” It reminds me to become more conscious of what I put into my mind. If I want to feel good and create positive actions and results in my life, I need to feed my mind a steady diet of positive thoughts.

You can use your emotions as a gauge as to the content of your thinking. How are you feeling? If your happy, and feeling great, you are thinking positive thoughts. Are you feeling irritable, angry or depressed? You can be certain you are thinking negatively.

When you are feeling badly try to remember what thoughts led up to feeling this way. Then reframe those thoughts in a more positive manner using affirmations. Anxiety and depression are nothing but loops of repetitive fearful and negative thoughts. This doesn’t mean denying or disowning what you’re feeling or not attending to real problems. This is about changing loops of habitual negative mind chatter. Negative thinking often leads to overeating and is one of the biggest challenges to overcome on our weight loss journey.

The field of positive psychology is a relatively new field of psychology. Its focus is on what is right with people instead of what’s wrong with them. There is a large body of evidence that shows that optimists (people who see the glass half full) live longer, healthier lives than people who are pessimists (people who see the glass half empty).

Pessimists are more prone to loneliness, colds, illness, suicide, depression, and even cancer. People shy away from negative people. Optimists attract others like bees to honey!

You will find evidence for whatever life view you hold. A pessimist is continually looking for what is missing or wrong in their life, and that is what they find. That’s why pessimist’s lives are filled with evidence that life is horrible. That’s where their focus is.

You get more of what you pay attention to. An optimist is looking for the good and the good is looking for the optimist. Your beliefs bring you more of the same. Life becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

Many chronic dieters and people who are struggling with weight tend to be pessimists. It’s hard to stay positive when you’re failing or starving on a diet. Dieting is a very negative act with its focus on lack and deprivation. I don’t trust anything with the word die in it! Weight loss doesn’t have to be such a struggle.

The good news is that it is possible to change your pessimistic, negative thinking. Affirmations are a form of positive self-talk. Using affirmations will change your negative thinking into positive thinking. With practice you will begin to automatically reframe your negative thoughts into positive, powerfully creative ones.

Affirmations create a powerful intent. Repeated often enough they will create a powerful shift in your reality. Most people do not use affirmations correctly and therefore have minimal success with them. They either choose ineffective wording that is not meaningful to them or they do not use affirmations long enough to effectively reprogram the mind. They give up on them too quickly.

When you begin to use affirmations for weight loss, or any other goal in life, it is important to choose an affirmation that resonates with your desires and emotions. It must feel right to you. If you weigh 250 lbs. and start to use an affirmation that says, “I now weigh 110 lbs,” it will feel like a lie to you. It’s just not realistic.

It is best to start with affirmations that are more realistic and achievable. A better one in this situation is “I’m getting thinner every day!” By making your affirmations more realistic they will become reality sooner. Break down your weight loss goals and affirmations in small, doable increments. You want to build success quickly as that will build the positive energy and momentum for more success!

When you begin to use affirmations for weight loss you may notice resistance coming up for you in a matter of days. This is to be expected. Most people give up at this time. This resistance is the critical part of your brain saying things like, “This is dumb.” “This will never work.” Or “You’ll never lose this weight, etc.” This is also the voice of the saboteur inside of you. This is the part of you that does not want to change. It has a vested interest in keeping you fat.

When this resistance comes up use one of the following affirmations:

  • I am willing to change.
  • I can do this.
  • I have the power to change my life.
  • Yes, I can!

Repeat these frequently throughout the day until you feel less resistance. Remember, your weight and overeating has been serving you in some way. It has been filling a void or meeting some need in your life. Along with doing affirmations and visualizations, you must find out what that void or need is and find a healthier, positive way of filling it. If you do not, you will quickly lapse back into your old destructive behaviors. This is one of the main reasons why diets fail.

Affirmations for Losing Weight and Getting Healthy

Affirmations are powerful to use when you are going into situations that cause you to overeat. If you’re at a restaurant or party where you are tempted by the food you can repeatedly say one of the following affirmations:

  • I eat only what I need.
  • I choose to eat healthy foods.
  • I choose to stay on track.
  • I am committed to my goals.
  • I effortlessly stay on track.
  • I eat foods that support my new weight.
  • I eat like a thin person.

Repeating affirmations at these times will keep you focused and on track to meet your weight loss goals.

Using affirmations will help you to begin self-nurturing yourself. If you beat yourself up about your weight, or if you say negative things about your body, use affirmations instead. If when looking in the mirror you say things like, “You have such thunder thighs.” “Look at that cellulite.” “I hate my butt, stomach, body, etc.” Choose to say positive affirmations like this:

  • Thank you for serving me.
  • I am getting stronger and slimmer every day.
  • I treat my body with love and kindness.
  • My body is the temple of my spirit.

Every time you catch yourself speaking or thinking negatively turn it around to something positive. Negative thinking is just a bad habit. It will take some time but it can be turned around. I used to be a very pessimistic, negative thinker. It’s also the reason I suffered from depression. If a negative thinker like myself can become an optimist, anyone can!

Affirmations do take some work. That work will pay off for you. They are not a quick fix or a cure all. They are however a powerful tool in your weight loss toolbox. Hopefully you have already come to the realization that all your efforts at dieting and the search for a magic bullet has not paid off. Think of this work as an investment in your thinner and inner life!

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