Making big life changes, like becoming healthier, can be overwhelming. Tell your friends you’re trying to lose weight, and you’ll be immediately bombarded with a dozen (sometimes contradicting) suggestions. Mention to your family that you want to focus more on fitness, and you’ll get another flood of contradicting advice.

There are, of course, lots of ways to find help when you’re trying to get healthier and improve your chronic pain symptoms. You could join a gym, hire a personal trainer, or join a weight-loss program. However, these get expensive pretty quickly. When you get frustrated and burnt out with the daily grind, as you inevitably will, it’s easy for that pricey trainer or program to get thrown out the window.

Thanks to today’s social media, though, that doesn’t have to be the case anymore. You can carry trusted personal trainers, workout buddies, and health-centric foodies right in your pocket or on your computer. The key is finding someone you trust who gives advice you find relevant. Then subscribe or follow him or her, and you’ll get regular blasts of advice and encouragement. There are many sources of health inspiration on social media, so we’ve found a few good ones to help you get started.

Some sources of online health inspiration focus on healthy eating.

For example, if you’re trying to drop a few pounds or even just eat a healthier diet, Dr. Yoni Freedhoff’s blog, Weighty Matters, has got you covered. Dr. Freedhoff covers just about anything you’d want to know about food or weight-loss in this blog, from how to feed your kids a healthy diet to questionable science from TV doctors to whether or not hospitals ought to sell homeopathic remedies.

Health-conscious chef Jamie Oliver has a blog, Twitter, and Facebook. He even has a YouTube channel, called Jamie Oliver’s FoodTube. Following him on any (or all) of these social media outlets is a guaranteed way to find a steady stream of healthy recipes and health-conscious advice.

Lisa Lillien, who’s behind the Hungry Girl website, is another great person to keep an eye on if you’re looking for healthy recipes. She’s on both Twitter and Facebook. Also, her Pinterest account is a goldmine of recipes.

Joy Bauer is also a good source of inspiration if you’re watching what you eat. She posts tips and tricks, like staying out of the kitchen after dinner, as well as regular encouragement. There are also sometimes giveaway contests or discounts offered on her products. You can find her on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook.

Cleaneatz is run by two women striving to eat healthier, and they’re on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This is a great source of fresh, healthy, delicious recipes. Also, you can get a healthy dose of encouragement or humor from Cleaneatz.

Other online health inspiration sources are centered around fitness.

To see daily fitness videos from a trained sports nutritionist, check out nataliejillfit on Instagram. She posts a short video of herself executing different exercises each day, accompanied by how much you should do each exercise for the best results. She’s upbeat and cheerful, and many of her exercises use either no equipment at all or very simple equipment.

Jeanette Jenkins is a trainer to many different Hollywood celebrities. By following her blog and Facebook, you can get the benefit of a Hollywood trainer for yourself. Her blog, especially, is fantastic if you’re trying to get in shape or lose weight. She posts regular workout plans and schedules, as well as meal plans to complement a workout regimen.

Another great person to follow on social media is Joe Dowdell, another trainer to the stars. His Facebook and Twitter are regular sources of information, articles, and encouragement for anyone trying to work more fitness into their daily lives. He also supplements the fitness-talk with the occasional cute video or heartwarming news story, often centered around pets.

If you’re interested in weight training, consider following Jen Sinkler. She advocates weight lifting, especially for women, and regularly posts pictures or videos of herself to show how it’s done safely. You can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.

You can also learn about general health and well-being on social media.

Chris Kresser often focuses on healthy eating, but he covers lots of other health topics, too. He’s got a blog where he gives recipes and discusses medications, foods, vitamins, and more. His Facebook and Twitter pages are regular sources of information on health-related topics, like exaggeration in health news or Victorian nutrition.

Melissa Ambrosini is all about self-love and positivity. She’s got health and wellness tips on her blog, but she’s also got a lot of encouragement. Her real focus is on being happy, and healthy living is just one of the many ways to accomplish that. She’s on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.

Ben Greenfield says that he can help you achieve “superhuman feats,” but don’t let that intimidate you. He also speaks often about safety while exercising, like how to run without ruining your knees, and about nutrition and weight-loss. He’s got a blog and a podcast, and he’s also on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. A really great bonus: he encourages communication with his listeners, readers, and followers, so there are tons of ways to contact him with questions throughout his website.

There are plenty of other people on social media who can give you some health inspiration.

If you’re looking for more people to inspire you to a healthier year, just do a few quick internet searches for exactly what you’re looking for, whether it’s fitness, diet, or medicine related. Often, like-minded people follow each other online, so you can also take a look at who follows the people you already like.

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Who do you follow on social media to keep inspired about health?

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