Each year, a new crop of wellness superstars seem to end the year on a high, like some kind of informal and seriously healthy university graduation. The stars of the 2016 wellness scene had to be trainers Zanna Van Dijk and Alice Liveing (aka Clean Eating Alice). Both have new books out, and while Van Dijk kick-started 2016 on the cover of The Sunday Times Style magazine, Liveing saw out the year on the cover of Women's Health. Which begs the question: Who will everyone be looking to for health and fitness advice in 2017?
While we'll still be checking our favourite wellness stars on Instagram, we're always on the lookout for new women to inspire us to take our own fitness and wellness goals to the next level. With that in mind, we've rounded up seven women who are currently Instagram famous but you may not have heard of them… yet. We predict big things for each one of them, keep scrolling to find out why you should follow on each of these Instagram accounts.
We're big fans of yoga teacher and personal trainer Shona Vertue. Vertue combined yoga and lifting to create a healthy, lean, toned physique that we envy. She's super cool, always striving towards her goals (like mastering a callisthenics flag, where you hold your body horizontal while holding onto a post), and shares plenty of motivational tips throughout her feed. Her Instagram is well worth a follow.
A word of warning, if you scroll a little way down yoga teacher Cat Meffan's Instagram feed, you'll get complete and utter wanderlust from her amazing travels in 2016. Meffan makes even the least yogi-like women want to give it a go. Plus, we follow her because she gives us serious fit kit goals.
Hannah (a qualified personal trainer) and Emily (a nutritionist) are behind Twice the Health, a blog and Instagram account that covers all things health and fitness from mastering a chin-up to cooking the perfect poached egg. Expect plenty of partner workout ideas and healthy food inspiration throughout their account.
As digital editor of Women's Health and a Lululemon UK Ambassador, Amy Hopkinson is at the front line of fitness. Follow her for workout ideas, the inside scoop on new trends and because if her abs don't motivate you to exercise, nothing will.
Lucy Mills is a STOTT Pilates, Xtend Barre and TRX instructor, so if you're looking for variety in your own fitness routine, then Mills is worth a follow. Her feed is full of a plenty of exercise Insta-videos and healthy food ideas.
If you're looking to be a little more mindful this year and less stressed out by what the modern world throws at you, then Shield's account is a good place to start. The Lululemon Ambassador runs meditation events for the Soho House group and also offers free meditation podcasts on her website. Her book LifeTonic comes out in April (you can preorder it here).