Over the last year, we have seen a meteoric rise in strong and empowered women in the fitness and wellness industry.
There has been a movement when it comes to female health and fitness, with some bloggers promoting a much healthier way of viewing the female body and eating well and exercising. Fitness and wellness bloggers now encourage their readers to workout to be fitter, stronger and more powerful, rather than to lose weight or shrink their bodies.
On International Women’s Day, we thought it right to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing and inspiring women in wellness who are helping to change the face of the fitness industry and encourage women to love their bodies for what they can do rather than just their appearance.
Zanna Van Dijk
At just 24, Zanna is making huge waves within the fitness industry. Not only did she co-found the very successful #GirlGains movement with her friends Tally and Vicky, but she also has a successful book, blog and YouTube channel under her belt.
Zanna promotes a healthy balanced approach to health and fitness and also encourages mindfulness and meditation as part of a healthy routine.
Carly Rowena has built a hugely successful blog and YouTube channel over the last few years, promoting the message to love your body for what it can do rather than how it looks. She talks openly about her struggles with body image and how she came to accept her body. She also encourages people to live life to the fullest and for that, she has firmly earned her place on our International Women’s Day list.
Based in London, Tally is a blogger and YouTuber with a devoted following. After starting #GirlGains with Zanna and Vicky, Tally found herself opening up about her struggles with yo-yo dieting and obsessive body shaming. She has since spread her message of self-love around the world and often shares glimpses into her balanced lifestyle in her vlogs and on social media.
Hazel Wallace (The Food Medic)
Dr Hazel Wallace is known as The Food Medic by her online fans. After heading down the healthy eating route, she discovered that there was a gap in the market for advice and tips around eating well in order to manage many common lifestyle diseases, such as type 2 diabetes.
She has since released two hugely successful books based around her recipes, become a qualified personal trainer as well as a junior doctor and she continues to grow as one of the most important influencers out there!
You may have seen Alice on the recent cover of Women’s Health magazine, telling us all about how she went from trying various unsustainable diets to eating clean and having a balanced diet. She has written multiple books detailing how to get into fitness and the importance of living a balanced and healthy life, both for the body and the mind.
If you’re looking for the real deal, then Amelia Freer is the nutritionist for you. With endless experience and qualifications to boot, Amelia has dramatically changed the way people think about food and the effect it has on the body.
She’s now worked with a number of high-profile celebrity clients, such as Boy George, to help them find a healthier relationship with food.
Another co-founder of #GirlGains, Vicky has talked openly about her battle with anorexia. Using her past experiences with the eating disorder, she reveals the journey that you go on when you’re trying to learn to love your body and promotes a healthy, balanced lifestyle like her #GirlGains counterparts.
A trained PT, Vicky now helps her clients set goals that not only strengthen their body, but also take care of their mental health.
Faya Nilsson (Fitness on Toast)
Swedish-British PT Faya goes by the name Fitness on Toast in the blogging world. She has been featured in multiple fitness and lifestyle magazines, promoting a healthy lifestyle, which keeps mind and body balanced.
Fraya is another blogger with a successful book to her name and she focuses on how you can keep active and healthy without having to spend all of your time in the gym.
Lauren Ash (Black Girl in Om)
Lauren Ash is the founder of Black Girl in Om, a very successful health and fitness magazine aimed at women of colour. Lauren and her team of writers provide health, holistic wellness and fitness tips to their readers. With a huge back catalogue of wellness articles, Lauren has managed to create something truly spectacular!
Lottie is not only a full-time blogger, but she’s also a certified pilates instructor. She writes about her love of pilates and how she compliments her workouts with good nutrition to help her keep a balanced and healthy lifestyle. She also has a highly successful YouTube channel, giving her fans a glimpse into her daily life and fitness regime.
Young women paving the way for a more modern and realistic approach to wellness
It’s amazing to see so many young women paving the way for a more modern and realistic approach to wellness. These women are not only refreshing role models, but they are also exceptional businesswomen, who have set out to empower other inspirational women and build a community online.
Looking to get more involved in wellness? Our Wellwoman range is perfect for women who want to support a healthy lifestyle. And why not try our Wellness Score to find out what changes you could make to your routine to be a little healthier?