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10 Canadian health and fitness blogs that will inspire you to get in shape

6. Life in Balance. Sort of…

Triathlon collage
Image: Life in Balance. Sort of…

Susan is a self-described writer, fitness-junkie, working mom and part-time defender of the universe. Her blog is home to her stories about family, fitness and her attempt to find balance. She lives in Calgary with her husband and two daughters. She says she spent a lifetime thinking about writing but never really did it until 2010, when she started her blog. Susan’s ruminations on running, and especially her post on her 2014 triathlon, will have you lacing up your sneakers.

“I’m writer, working mom and athlete. My blog is a place for telling stories about family, fitness and the attempt to find a life in balance. And about finding an alternate, deeper narrative behind and beneath the workout,” says Susan.

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7. Marijke: Nurse-turned writer

Nurse blogger
Image: Marijke: Nurse-turned writer

Marijke is a registered nurse and freelance health writer who received her nursing license in 1983 and started writing and editing in the mid-1990s. She has experience in a wide variety of nursing capacities, including rehabilitation, ICU, palliative care and pediatrics. She writes for many different types of clients including professional magazines and websites. She likes to take complicated health and medical information and rewrite it so anyone can understand it. Her post about how influential social media can be took a current topic and made you think about it a bit more.

8. Oh She Glows

Vegan oats
Image: Oh She Glows

Angela’s charming blog is a jackpot for healthy recipes, all of which are plant-based, coming from someone who knows what she’s talking about. As Angela explains, she started the blog in 2008 to write about her eating disorder recovery and progress made in restoring her health. In the years since the blog started, Oh She Glows has exploded to gain a major following. Angela’s first cookbook was released in 2014 and quickly became a New York Times bestseller, currently numbered at over 300,000 copies in print. If you’re new to the world of vegan living and eating, just follow Angela’s lead and start with one of her deliciously healthy recipes, like these Canada Day vegan oats.

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9. The Healthy Hipster

Healthy kale eggs
Image: The Healthy Hipster

The Healthy Hipster blog is cute as a button, while serving as a down-to-earth resource for anyone who is hoping to inch a few steps closer to clean living. “The Healthy Hipster” herself started the blog back in 2011 while living in the hippest part of Toronto. In the five years since, this Hipster has tracked her personal growth and health hurdles, coming from the perspective of a real-life gal you’d want to be friends with. The Hipster doesn’t have any formal nutrition or fitness training, but her insight is on point. From healthy (and mostly gluten-free) recipes to simple workout tips, this blog could help you adopt a much chiller approach to healthy living. You can check out the Hipster’s sample weekly fitness schedule to get you started.

10. Weighty Matters

Yoni Freedhoff
Image: Weighty Matters

Yoni is a family doctor, best-selling author, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, and founder of Ottawa’s Bariatric Medical Institute — a multi-disciplinary, ethical, evidence-based nutrition and weight management centre. He loves going to work in the morning and shares many ideas about health and weight on his blog. His tagline is “Musings of an Obesity Medicine Doc” and he writes about whatever catches his fancy. He muses about why we are eating the equivalent in calories to an extra meal each day in this post.

Yoni describes the focus of his personal blog as “weight management, motivation, obesity, marketing and more.”

Now it’s your turn

We’ve barely scratched the surface of great health and fitness bloggers in Canada. Who is your favorite? Add a comment and spread some more blogger love.

Updated by Bethany Ramos on 3/16/2016

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