Social media is a powerful tool for inspiration to achieve your New Year’s health resolutions and maintain lifestyle changes. It’s also a wonderful way to connect with others who are trying to live a healthy life despite chronic pain, helping you feel understood and less alone.
Countless people use social media to catalogue their journeys of losing weight or surmounting health challenges, such as pain disorders or autoimmune diseases, through fitness and fresh foods. Following their journeys can give you ideas for your own or simply offer motivation to continue when you feel like giving up.
You may not personally know anyone who lives a full life despite the same condition you have, but connecting with those very people on social media not only shows you that it’s possible, it gives you the step-by-step resources to learn how you can do it too.
Digging through all the thousands of accounts and hashtags can be time consuming, so we’ve done some of the work for you. Below you’ll find a collection of social media accounts to give you inspiration to live your best life.
If you would like to find other social media accounts not listed here, popular hashtags that you can search for include #fitness, #inspiration, and #motivation. Compile a selection of favorite accounts now so you have them on hand throughout the year.
1. @Masumi_g on Instagram
Masumi Goldman, a New Jersey mom and former Wall Street analyst, was diagnosed with a rare autoimmune disorder that lead to painful flare-ups. To minimize pain from the disease, she ultimately adopted a macrobiotic diet, which focuses on whole grains and locally grown vegetables, as well as began a dedicated yoga practice.
If her own health problems weren’t enough, Masumi’s young daughter was born prematurely with just one, barely working kidney. Her daughter ultimately received a kidney transplant and Masumi’s 130,000-plus followers followed along during her journey.
Today, Masumi lives a full life, with her Wall Street suits traded for yoga leggings as she and childhood friend Laura Kasperzak (@laurasykora) build their yoga business, Two Fit Moms. The duo recently filmed a yoga DVD with Gaiam, a major yoga brand.
Follow this account for beautiful yoga photos, though-provoking quotes, recipe ideas, and inspiration to live your dreams.
2. @Beachyogagirl on Instagram
Kerri Verna has fibromyalgia, but you’d never know it with her constant photographic updates of powerful handstands, usually on the beach. Verna credits yoga and living mindfully with helping her to manage fibromyalgia-related pain.
Verna is a big advocate of maintaining spiritual health to enjoy physical health. Sound sleep, nutritious food, stress management, and letting negative emotions go all help to reduce pain, she says.
She’s followed her dreams of being a yoga and fitness instructor despite setbacks including physical limitations.
Verna only talks about fibromyalgia once in a while, but follow this account for gorgeous beach yoga photos and the inspiration that comes from knowing the vast potential of the human body.
3. @TheGoldenSecrets on Instagram
Golden Secrets offers tips and tricks Golden learned to rejuvenate her body from crippling rheumatoid arthritis. At one point, Golden couldn’t walk. Today, her modeling career has continued and her face sells brands ranging from Alo Yoga to Vimmia Active.
Follow The Golden Secrets if you enjoy inspirational quotes, alternative healing remedies, and reminders to be grateful.
4. @ChaleneJohnson on Instagram
She doesn’t have chronic pain, but this blonde fireball will light your inspiration fire and get you moving. She gives workout tips, life advice, and posts inspirational videos.
Tips and information are applicable to everyone—including those with chronic pain. A recently posted quote read, “Rest and don’t feel guilty about it!” A recently posted video clip of inadvertent life advice portrayed her daughter’s soccer coach saying, “Take the shot. Don’t look at the wall. Look at the goal and take the shot.”
Johnson’s infectious energy could give you a boost on the days you’re feeling down.
5. Inspirational Quotes for the Chronically Ill on Pinterest
Pinterest fans may want to check out this board that posts quotes to offer inspiration and help chronic pain patients put their experiences into words. The board’s organizer, Rest Ministries, says it seeks to help patients feel validated in their experiences, understood, and help them feel that they’re not alone.
Quotes include ones like, “You are more than your circumstances,” and “Don’t let what you can’t do interfere with what you can do.”
6. Chronic Pain and Fibro-my-what? on Pinterest
This board also posts quotes to inspire people living with chronic pain. It includes a religious perspective, offering hope through Christianity.
Sample quotes include:
“Many things about tomorrow I don’t seem to understand, but I know who holds tomorrow, and I know who holds my hand.”
Another reads, “When you’re at your lowest, look to the highest.”
7. Exercise/Fitness with Chronic Pain on Pinterest
If your New Year’s resolution is to get in shape despite chronic pain, you might find this Pinterest board helpful.
Poster Michelle Lindsey journals her health and fitness progress all while living with chronic pain. She posts inspirational quotes, exercise tips, and sample workouts to offer inspiration to fellow fitness devotees with chronic pain.
The board is also peppered with inspirational quotes like, “It’s a slow process. Keep going,” and “Exercising should be about rewarding the body with endorphins and strength, not about punishing your body for what you’ve eaten.”
8. Living and Coping with Chronic Illness on Pinterest
This Pinterest board offers helpful information, infographics, and links, often from a medical perspective, so followers gain useful tools to life a healthier life along with inspiration.
Sample pins include a link to a guide listing the symptoms of food intolerance, a Huffington Post article about ending the stigma of mental illness, and blog post about cultivating content despite life difficulties. Followers will also find quotes like, “Learn how to rest; you already know how to push through.”
What is your favorite social media account for inspiration?
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