Last Updated 18/01/2017
Considering that Charlie Watson took home first place for Best UK Fitness Blog at the 2016 Vuelio Blog Awards, it’s no surprise that Charlie’s blog, The Runner Beans has secured our top spot. The Runner Beans was created while Charlie was training for her first marathon, to document her fitness journey. Now, with six major marathons under her belt, The Runner Beans continues to post workout and exercise tips, advice on sports clothing, her experience of running in marathons, as well as providing uplifting informative posts on general well-being, fitness, and mental health.
Fitness on Toast was founded by personal trainer Faya Nilsson in 2013 to share healthy recipes for her clients (proving that eating healthily doesn’t have to mean sacrificing taste). Faya uses her blog as a platform to offer nutritional tips to assist her readers with their training, and advise on workout ideas and fitness fashion tips. Since its conception, the blog has become a globally read resource, which helps readers all over the world improve their fitness regime, and provides interviews with experts including dietitians, tennis legend Steffi Graf, and fashion designer Stella McCartney.
3. Carly Rowena
Created and written by blogger, personal trainer and YouTube sensation Carly Rowena, to encourage others to strive for a healthy but balanced lifestyle, Carly Rowena is one of the leading UK blogs on fitness. Carly helps her readers to try and love themselves and their body for who they are, without having to put themselves through crazy dieting or fitness regimes. Using her expertise in fitness, she provides advice on how to train based on body type, tips on wellbeing, recipes for healthy treats and meals (such as chocolate hummus and frozen yogurt fruit bites), and quick workouts to try at home or on-the-go.
Laura Fountain didn’t always love to run, but strangely it’s now what makes her feel ‘alive, relaxed and happy’. As a journalist, running coach and personal trainer, Laura uses her writing skills to inspire others to start (or to continue) their own fitness journey, through running. Aside from her blog, Laura also holds workshops, has her own running group, and has developed a 10-week programme to help ease you into running. Lazy Girl Running offers readers a variety of tips of different styles of running, workout advice, and also focuses on issues in the running community, such as female incontinence.
After Julie Creffield decided to virtually train a group of plus size women to prepare for a Spring marathon, she realised that even from a distance, she could inspire others to get more involved with running. Created in 2010 after Julie signed up for her first marathon, The Fat Girls’ Guide to Running has now grown into the only resource and support site in the world designed for larger women – to give them the motivation to run. Julie posts her own running experience and journeys on the blog, and inspirational advice to encourage her readers (and running group) to stay motivated.
Pilates and health coach Lottie Murphy blogs about everything that takes her interest, whether that is posting workout tips to help her readers, Pilates retreat experiences, challenges that she sets herself, healthy eating recipes, and general healthy lifestyle inspiration. As a Pilates coach, Lottie also posts advice on how to keep motivated and encourages readers to join in on her Pilates and Wellness series on her vlog.
As a personal trainer, blogger, vlogger, author, Adidas Global Ambassador, and seasoned traveller among other things, Zanna Van Dijk is serious about fitness and healthy living. Her blog encapsulates all of the ingredients that you need to have in order to lead a better lifestyle. Zanna’s informative blog provides readers with a wealth of information about the best active wear for workouts, how wellness retreats are good for the body and mind, the best places for active weekend breaks, and personal posts about her healthy lifestyle journey and the changes she has made so far.
Yoga teacher and luxury jewellery designer Cat Meffan created her health, fitness and travel blog, Imperfect Matter to promote a happy and healthy lifestyle. Cat provides her readers with recipes for healthy meals, tips on how to ease into exercising, review on retreats and restaurants, and fitness fashion finds. Imperfect Matter is the perfect blog for anyone looking for reviews specifically catered for yoga retreats, active wear, and healthy eating.
Created by Head of Women’s Sport and Lifestyle Emma Lax and freelance journalist and writer, Charlotte Thomas, LUNGES AND LYCRA is a blog aimed at ‘girls who like sweating, fitness and the odd nip of gin’. The blog came from their inspiration by London 2012 and a growing frustration with male dominated sports magazines, and now attracts a regular readership. LUNGES AND LYCRA shares a variety of fitness advice, ranging from tips on running and yoga, to a roundup of fitness events, as well as class and workout reviews.
10. Father Fitness
After becoming a first-time father, Paul Stainthorpe created Father Fitness to document his personal fitness journey. Through exercising using a range of different techniques over the years, Paul now posts advice based on experience and research, to help others achieve their health goals. Father Fitness is a useful resource for learning about the best nutrients to include in your diet and training programme, pre and post work out tips, getting out and exercising with children, and motivational words of advice to help you make small changes which drastically contribute to your fitness and health.
The fundamentals of working with bloggers are the same as with traditional journalists at traditional media outlets: respect their schedules; take time to read their material to learn their interests; and only contact them if/when they want to be contacted.
Vuelio’s blog ranking methodology takes into consideration social sharing, topic-related content and post frequency. Profiles of these fitness and exercise blogs and their authors can be found in the Vuelio Media Database.
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