There are endless amounts of fitness Youtubers out there. We've picked out a few of our favourites, channels that are guaranteed to motivate, inspire and educate.
There are Youtube channels devoted to every interest imaginable. And so, inevitably, there are channels that promote a healthy lifestyle - hundreds and hundreds of them. Like everything, there are good and bad. Here are five that are well worth checking out - you'll hopefully come away with a few titbits on how to live a happier and healthier lifestyle.
Of course, each of these Youtubers are businesspeople involved in the fitness industry. It's what they do. So bear that in mind when you're thinking of emulating their efforts and don't be too hard on yourself if you fall short!
We'll start close to home. Dubliner Lipsett is so bubbly and enthusiastic on-camera that at times it's almost like he's a parody of himself. A large part of Lipsett's appeal is that he does come across as genuinely affable - in interviews as well as on his channel - and is a good antidote for a lot of the typical 'gym bro' videos that are out there (see below). A qualified personal trainer who started off responding to message requests for diet plans and meals on his Facebook page and grew from there, Lipsett's Youtube channel features training and nutrition advice mixed in with videos documenting trips abroad, Q + As and other light-hearted features. You can also follow him on Twitter and Instagram where you can get your daily shot of 'Can Do' vibes. Lipsett's girlfriend Sarah Godfrey also has her own channel here, which is well worth checking out.
Arguably (but not necessarily) aimed more at a female audience, Blackketter's Youtube channel has a great variety with vlogs on subjects like online dating and 'day in the life' features combined with discussion on deeper topics like finding purpose in life. There's also plenty of fitness tips and advice and, like Lipsett, Blackketter is bubbly, cheery and enthusiastic. Check out her Twitter, Facebook and either of her Instagram accounts (one is more inspirational quotes and random animal photos, the other enviable body snaps and selfies).
The Happy Pear
The 'Happy Pear' are known for their vegan recipes and their cafe/shops in Wicklow. But they are also practitioners of early-morning winter swims, yoga, calisthenics and general body/mind health. And it's not always chirpy and cheerful stuff - the video below is interesting because the duo admit that things are starting to get a bit on top of them, and they have some good advice on how to manage this when it is happening in your life. Their channel is a really good source for healthy snacks, recipes and meals - and they do pretty good 'healthier' turns on popular chocolate bars like Bounty and Twix as well.
The Buff Dudes
The Buff Dudes are totally aware that they come across as the typical gym 'bros' and they play up to that image. As well as having some really funny shorts such as their recent 'Gym Gentlemen' series, most of their workout videos come with a kind of wackiness that makes them fun to watch as well as informative. There are really good recipes as well as workouts on their channel, alongside general fitness tips and ways to keep healthy. Mostly, though, they are geared towards gym goers looking to put on a few pounds of muscle (the clue is in the title). Check their Twitter for (slightly cheesy) motivational quotes as well as cool videos, or have a look at their Facebook and Instagram accounts.
While this Sydney-based Youtuber provides features on Bikini choices and hair extensions, there is also very pragmatic advice on ways to keep fat out of your diet while still enjoying tasty snacks, methods of losing weight and gaining tone and taking care of your skin. There's also stuff on relationships and general life - and trying to stay positive in tougher times. Check out her Instagram too for the inevitable food and post-workout snaps and to keep updated on her Youtube progress.