Recently I have been vocal about how important it is to unfollow those social media accounts that do nothing but bring your self-esteem down. I have unfollowed several accounts recently, and I wanted to share those accounts that I genuinely love to visit regularly. (Yes they are all female- but this is purely a coincidence!)
2. Emily Pointer- On Point Training
Emily is one of my favourite people in real life, and I essentially use her Instagram page as a place that I keep tabs on her when we aren’t spending time together (which as we get busier, is sadly less and less!) Her page is so wonderfully happy, positive and funny- much like Emily herself! Emily is also a Personal Trainer, and often posts useful training tips and workout ideas. She is also a newlywed and has shared some photos of her stunning wedding day so if you are after some wedding styling tips- check her out!
3. Maxine Ali
Maxine is the author of some of the most compelling and articulate posts within my Instagram feed. As a health, food and feminist journalist, linguist and former wellness ‘insider’ her Instagram is a much needed and important spotlight on the negative impact that ‘wellness’ can have on our wellbeing. An avid myth debunker and anti-diet culture advocate she is fiercely passionate about calling out nutritional claims that have no/minimal scientific evidence to back them up and has no qualms in doing so. Her posts are a truly refreshing change from the seemingly never ending #fitspo posts that are largely based on opinion rather than fact and often contribute toward negative self-image. Highly recommended!
4. Hollie Grant- Pilates PT
Hollie Grant is both a fully qualified Personal Trainer and a Pilates instructor and the founder of PilatesPT, the ‘Strong not Skinny’ podcast and a best-selling author! Her account is a wonderful homage to ‘athletics not aesthetics’ which are values firmly after my own heart. As well as sharing photos of her daily life and her beautiful studio located within the Mandarin Oriental hotel in Knightsbridge, Hollie often uploads useful videos of exercises that are commonly performed incorrectly and offers fantastic coaching tips and technique advice to help ensure a safe and efficient workout. As a fellow female business owner within the fitness industry I find her hugely inspirational and I only wish that there were more women like her!
5. Poppy Dinsey
Poppy was one of the first ‘famous’ people I followed years ago on twitter, and I ensured I found her Instagram page too. The founder of WIWT, Poppy is now mother to beautiful 7-month twin boys (as a mum of one boy I think she is a literal hero) her page details daily life as a mum and makes me laugh every day. She also recently launched a baby weaning page as a side project and I wish this had been around when I was going through this stage with my son- its full of great tips, products and honest reviews which are essential when navigating the journey of being a new mum. Poppy is one of most amusing people across my social media feeds and exactly the kind of woman you know you would instantly love to be friends with- she is so warm and endearing.
6. Poorna Bell
Poorna Bell is a public speaker, digital expert and senior freelance journalist. It was her beautifully written, thought provoking book “chase the rainbow” that led me to seek her our across social media and I am very glad I did. I really enjoy her funny, frank and informative posts and it is through her social media pages that I have discovered other brilliant women to follow. Her passionate work in raising awareness particularly regarding diversity and mental health stigma is vital and something I personally find inspiring and I count myself lucky that I came across her book- which is an absolute must read, as are her social media feeds!