Eventually, I realized I could use the photo-sharing app as a way to stay accountable on my health and fitness journey, too. I decided to add a bit more inspiration to my feed (though the dogs are still in there).
If you're looking for an extra boost of #fitspo from the glow of your screen, these Instagram accounts are filled with quotes, recipes, workouts and more to keep you moving forward in your health journey.
@dylanwerneryoga1 of 18
Do you love stunning visuals? A daily dose of Dylan Werner doing impossible poses in beautiful places is all the fitspiration you need to take up your own yoga practice—or to just get outside every once in a while. Don't be surprised either if you have a sudden urge to get inked up.
@fitfoodiefinds2 of 18
Good food and a good sweat session are Lee Hersh's bread and butter. She started her passion project, the FitFoodieFinds blog, in 2011 after leaving the corporate world, and she's never looked back. Her Instagram is always full of workouts and delicious recipes—who doesn't want more food pics on their Instafeed?
@kayla_itsines3 of 18
With over 6 million Instagram followers, we wouldn't be surprised if you already follow Kayla Itsines. She's very involved with her followers and has created a fitness community worth joining—#bbgcommunity.
She not only shares her own fitness photos but her followers' progress, too, offering advice and encouragement along their journey. Itsines offers motivational quotes, workout tips and a glimpse into her life as she helps people become the healthiest versions of themselves.
@mistyonpointe4 of 18
Under Armour's golden ballerina Misty Copeland is so follow-worthy this year, as seen by her 1.3 million Instagram followers. She's a principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre—the first African-American female to achieve the feat—and she definitely works for it. Misty really is on pointe, and she's a perfect example of getting fit while doing what you love.
@gunnarfitness5 of 18
Why wouldn't you want to follow the trainer of some of your favorite, fittest celebrities? This guy even trains the Rock—come on! Gunnar Peterson's account is full of motivation to get you off the couch—even on the hardest day. You can catch Gunnar coaching up Khloe Kardashian on Revenge Body or you can save some time and just follow him.
@hannahbronfman6 of 18
Hannah Bronfman's Instagram account is the perfect combination of fitness, food and the active lifestyle that we love. If you want motivation to not only be more fit but to also live a better life, do more things and go on more adventures, give Hannah a follow and remember to stay #HBfit.
@activedotcom7 of 18
The ACTIVE Instagram account provides inspiration for all types of fitness junkies. Runners, triathletes, cyclists, yogis and anyone else passionate about living an active, healthy lifestyle can find ideas and motivation to keep them moving. Plus, we love to link to our latest fitness and nutrition articles, so it's a great way to keep up with us.
@crossfit8 of 18
Whether you're an avid CrossFitter or you're considering jumping on the bandwagon, you'll find plenty of intense WODs and other attention-grabbing posts. CrossFit has become a worldwide phenomenon as of late, and although some are skeptical about the movement, the results don't lie.
@jenselter9 of 18
You won't find too many workouts or recipes on Jen Selter's Instagram account, but her 10.5 million followers don't complain. Her account might be more about her toned body than how she got it, but we'd be lying if we said seeing her results didn't make us want to do a HIIT workout right this very minute.
@kaisafit10 of 18
Kaisa Keranen is a Seattle-based personal trainer and certified badass. If her Instagram doesn't convince you that women should lift, probably nothing will. She's always posting new videos of creative moves to try out in the gym—and she makes them look easy. Her motto? Just move.
@yoga_girl11 of 18
Rachel Brathen is the yoga girl, and her Instagram account is the definition of #goals. She's currently pregnant with her first baby, but her 2 million followers are just excited to go along for the ride. Rachel's account is full of inspiration, and currently, lots of ways to continue your yoga practice through a pregnancy!
@niketraining12 of 18
Lovers of the Nike+ Training Club app should consider this Instagram account its perfect pairing. You won't just see photos of people lifting in the gym; you'll also see soccer players, boxers and more work up a sweat. For those who are apparel hoarders, get glimpses of Nike offerings (often tagged in photos) to add to your collection.
@mynameisjessamyn13 of 18
Jessamyn Stanley is challenging stereotypes through her yoga practice. Just take one look at her Instagram account, and you'll see a young 20-something nailing intricate yoga poses. Displaying her body proudly in the photos sends a clear message: yoga is for everyone.
@emilyskyefit14 of 18
This health and fitness role model didn't start her own personal fitness journey until 2010, but you would never know it with her wise-beyond-her-years expertise. Her Instagram offers a variety of content from motivational quotes to her own personal before and after photos, plus circuit workouts you can do at the gym or even in your own home. With over 1.9 million followers, many of whom vouch for the effectiveness of her workouts with the hashtag #emilyskyefit, she's a must-follow.
@fitmencook15 of 18
What started out as a Tumblr account in 2012 is now a full-blown social community, based on bodies being "built in the kitchen and sculpted at the gym." Fit Men Cook is for foodies everywhere—both men and women—looking for new recipes, which usually come with YouTube tutorials. The account also offers useful prep tips (such as how to keep your avocados from browning), along with food quotes and a peek behind the scenes.
@shauntfitness16 of 18
No list of the top influencers in the health and fitness world would be complete without Shaun T, who created the INSANITY workout. Followers will love this look into the trainer's life and get motivation from the man himself. He often shares links to must-read articles and encouragement to drop what you're doing and get moving.
@bodyimagemovement17 of 18
A little body positivity—something we all could use a little more of—goes a long way. Started by Taryn Brumfitt, author of "Embrace" and founder of the Body Image Movement, this account is one big love fest for embracing your body and appreciating it for what it can do for you. Not only will you get a glimpse into Brumfitt's life, you'll truly be a part of her tribe and be able to join in on the community interaction.