Feeling good about ourselves is something we all aim to achieve, and since happiness comes from within, working out—on top of eating healthy and practicing positive self-care—can be the best way to do just that. But finding the time and motivation to stay fit, or simply get started, can be challenging most days—and that’s why we sometimes look to others to give us that push to get our booties out the door and to the gym.
When we see others feeling good about themselves and taking the time to treat their bodies well all while promoting healing boundaries and kindness, it inspires us to do the same, which is why we’ve rounded up eight female athletes that give us major fitspo that won’t make you feel bad about yourself, all just a click away.
We’re all in love with Outdoor Voices for making us feel happy and confident in our #doingthings attire, making the company’s Founder and CEO, @ty_haney, the inspirational athlete to follow. You can find her outdoors on a regular basis, motivating us to get out and do things—from playing ping pong with Harry Styles to sweating on the tennis court, Ty is always an inspiration.
A Team USA Fencer, @supersonicnava eats, sleeps, and breaths fencing. She embraces a healthy lifestyle that revolves around her love for the sport (which she found her calling for at the age of 18) and is a positive role model to so many. She’s also the first Latina fencer to represent the United States at the Pan American Championships, and is blazing a trail for Latina women everywhere.
Fútbol star and Adidas Global Ambassador Captain, @florencia.galarza has deep Argentine roots, and is insanely creative and athletic. She took nearly a decade off playing soccer after suffering an injury, and decided to explore her talents as a model and DJ (DJing for celebrities like Jay Z and Kanye) in NYC before getting back on the field after realizing she missed the game too much. She shares that she’s “worked pretty hard to succeed by just being [herself],” and urges her followers daily to do the same.
The skateboard queen herself, @laceybaker, is an X Game gold medalist and future Olympian who rocks a shaved head and a fierce confidence. She’s been skating since she was a girl, leading a movement that has encouraged women around her to skate, regardless of the opportunities that are in front of them. She’s a true proponent of inclusivity, and creates visually aesthetic, and seriously inspirational, skate videos as a Nike Skateboard team member.
I had to remind myself a few times this weekend that the thoughts in your mind, form the foundation of your reality. After a few days filled with massive waves of nausea (at 23 weeks 😩), this little reminder put me in such a better place. When you’re constantly nauseous it’s so hard to focus on anything but feeling nauseous. A quick 10 minute meditation and an easy 15 min flow after a good nap put me in a completely different headspace. Thank god for meditation and movement…they really are my medicine. What keeps you sane when you feel like 💩? 👉🏼 Especially those who’ve dealt with horrible nausea during pregnancy. #mondaymotivation #meditation #movement #pregnancy #2ndtrimester #mwhmethod melissawoodhealth.com
All about wellness and health, @melissawoodhealth is the perfect mix of cardio and meditation, someone who radiates fitspo. From the yoga mat to the gym, Melissa curates wellness in plant-based ways, and will inspire you to do the same. She also reminds us “that the thoughts in your mind, form the foundation of your reality,” radiating positivity that can help you form a strong foundation that allows you to be the best you can be, no matter your initial mindset.
Take me back to GREECE!! It’s so cold here in Adelaide and I absolutely HATE the cold! I think I was born in the wrong part of Australia 😂 I might have to move my entire family to Queensland!! Hahaha. Adelaide is near Melbourne… and anyone who lives in Melbourne can agree it gets PRETTYYY cold! In June, July, August SOOO MANY Aussies travel to Europe to escape the winter here! So see you soon 😂 p.s If any Aussies are wondering why I mentioned Melbourne, it’s because through my travels I’ve noticed that people only know “SYDNEY and MELBOURNE” haha so it’s the closest I could get people understanding where Adelaide is 😂 www.kaylaitsines.com/app
If you’re looking to get whipped into shape, @kayla_itsine has abs that will inspire you to hit the gym twice a day (seriously). She even has her own app, supporting over 20 million women around the world, and is the queen of the ‘28 minute workout,’ where she teaches every level, from beginner to advanced. Even though she talks fitness, she also promotes kindness through her feed and challenges others to do the same. Either way, she’s a great influencer to follow if you want a healthy meal recipe, or a mid-day pep talk.
Thanks to all of you being really enthusiastic about #everybodyyoga, I've received a lot of exceedingly generous press lately. But real talk, if I individually shouted out every media outlet that has shown me love, I would probably blow chunks all over my computer from verbal masturbation fatigue. That being said, I'm REALLY FUCKING HONORED to be included in @fastcompany's 100 Most Creative People in Business issue- thanks for validating a career path that totally goes against the advice of every authority figure in my life. In fact, I reallllllly want to insert a few petty as fuck emojis toward some of my undergrad and grad professors but yoga is making me shut my ass up soooo ANYWAY the link to the profile is on my Facebook page- check it out if you're into that kinda thing 💋 Totally unrelated, I'm teaching a retreat at @1440multiversity in August AND I'll be at Hawaii Yoga Festival at @kalanioceanside in October- see you there? Check out jessamyn stanley.com for more info! Photo by the amazing @yogicphotos
Writer of Every Body Yoga, @mynameisjessamyn is a renowned yoga instructor, body positive activist, and writer that teaches yoga classes all over the world, preaching positivity and self-love to all. Her teaching style is high energy vinyasa, which she uses as a way to combat mental and emotional barriers. She’s also a huge proponent of inclusivity, and in a recent post shared, “how do we make fitness and wellness environments more inclusive? By believing that the human experience comes in every flavor, with no experience counted as more worthy than another.”
Your work in this world can be simultaneously exhausting and energizing. It can drain you and fulfill you all at once, and there’s really no contradiction there. • I feel this on so many levels—as a coach, a healer, a writer, and especially as a mother. Sometimes I find myself fired the fuck up and simultaneously in need of a nap. Inspired by my clients, and completely dead after our coaching calls. Grateful for my child and also in need of a day off from being Mom. • I wholeheartedly believe that work that is meaningful and requires the fullest expression of self will inevitably leave you feeling dead and alive all at once—don’t let that confuse you. Honor this dichotomy by allowing yourself the space to experience a full spectrum of emotions. You are not required to feel solely energized by work that is, by its very nature, consumptive of your energy. • • • • #entrpreneur #healer #coach #soulcenteredwork #lightworker #witch #everydaymagic #magicmaker #dichotomy #energy 📷; @violetartistry (<<< BOOK A SHOOT WITH HER!)
A yogi and feminist, @negharfonooni is also a writer who motivates us through her thoughtful posts that touch on real topics, leaving us feeling positive and ready to take on the world, in a humbling way. Her yogi-inspired words will leave you feeling challenged (in the best of ways) both mentally and physically.
Humble enough to know I’m not better than anyone, but wise enough to know my worth. Know your worth before someone else puts a value on who you are. Stand for what you believe in and for what makes you happy. Be the kind of person who teaches people how to treat you by what you allow, what you stop, and what you reinforce. I once in my life allowed someone to make me feel worthless. Only when I gave myself the chance to love myself and realize that this person didn’t value me, then I set myself free. I walked with determination and put all my focus on something positive. I let go. I grew. And I learned how to be free. Let go of anything and anyone who hurt you. Forgive and focus on you. Focus on finding yourself again. You deserve to have people around you who celebrate you. When you are yourself, you’ll attract the people who belong in your life, just like I did. You are worthy, don’t let the world take that away from you. This goes out to all my #wcw and the men who continue to cherish them. Love you my tribe! #childofGod _____________________________________________________ Lo suficientemente humilde para saber que no soy mejor que nadie, pero lo suficientemente sabia para saber lo que valgo.Conoce tu valor antes de que alguien decida lo que vales. Defiende en que crees y lo que te hace feliz. Se el tipo de persona que le enseña a los otros cómo tratarte con lo que les permites, lo que detienes, y lo que refuerzas. Una vez en mi vida, permití que alguien me hiciera sentir inútil. Solo cuando me di la oportunidad de amarme y darme cuenta de que esta persona no me valoraba, entonces me liberé. Caminé con determinación y enfoqué mi energía en algo positivo. Deje ir mi dolor. Crecí. Y aprendí a ser libre. Deja ir cualquier cosa y a cualquiera que te haya lastimado. Perdónalos y concéntrate en ti. Concéntrate en encontrarte a ti mismo otra vez. Mereces tener gente a tu alrededor que te celebre. Cuando eres tú mismo, atraerás a las personas que pertenecen a tu vida, tal como yo lo hice. Este mensaje es para todas mis reinas y para los hombres que siguen elevándonos! #hijadecristo
Health coach, creator of #MA30DAY, and CEO of Tru Supplements, @massy.arias has 2.5 million followers and is changing lives each and every day as an example for how adopting a healthy lifestyle can benefit someone mentally, physically, and spiritually. Her program pairs you up with a coach so you can get your best results with a coach that’s best for you. She also shares her wisdom with us, to “give your focus and power to the things that make you feel the happiest. Stop and ask yourself if the path you are seeking serves your soul. If it doesn’t make you happy, let it go.”
#FlowIntoStrong _ Inverted backbends require two different skills: strength & flexibility. Just like how we should move through life: confident but open & vulnerable. Once you find that place of balance, it’s damn magical. I’m not there yet mentally. But I’m working on it every single day. _ #thoughts #yogaoffthemat #workhard #flow #strength #balance #confidence #vulnerable #scorpion #breathe #yogini
A personal trainer in New York (a Nike Master Trainer and a Certified Functional Strength Coach, to be specific), @alexsilverfagan is a serious force of inspiration. She’s creative and confident in her workouts, and has a collection of online programs you can start immediately from the comfort of your own home. She trains not just to workout, but to live a wholesome and healthy life as well, something we could all benefit from, and works with clients to help them find the connection between the body and mind.
Feature image via @massy.arias