Personalities in health and fitness are something many of us follow as a means of motivation, inspiration and help to reach our wellbeing goals. They provide an authentic voice we can trust, whether it’s be providing tips and tricks to keep us toned, help us have a more positive relationship with our body or inspire us to go that extra mile, celebrities in the health and fitness sphere can have a huge influence on their followers.
Greatist has recently published their top 100 most influential people in health and fitness and we were encouraged to see the amount of over 40s in the list, leading the way for fitness and health in 2018.
See below a few of our favourites, or check out the entire list on Greatist.
Joe Cross, 52
On Wednesday I’ll be 25. Sorry, 52….fat finger typo👀Honestly, as the years roll on I can say with confidence that I don’t feel much different on the inside to when I did when I was 25. The same can’t be said after I “broke” at age 32. When the biological laws of cause and effect caught up with me and I carried that illness into my 41st year. A lost decade you could say. But today I can shout out from the mountain tops that I’m back and I feel like I’ve rewind the tape! I’m much healthier, stronger, happier, smarter, more enlightened, more vulnerable and way more at peace now than I ever thought I’d be when I was in that valley of darkness. I’m a believer that the journey, the experience, the friends, the enemies, the problems, the sadness, the happiness, the love and the love lost…all of that and more, it all makes us who we are! All of those little and big interactions, all those coincidences and all that destiny. It all leads to “the now”. The present. This moment in time when I can choose to abide by a number or live by a feeling….those of you who know me well, know that I love numbers, but in this case, I choose feeling over numbers! So 25 may not be so far off the mark! Juice On and Happy Birthday to all you amazing Gemini’s out there! I feel you.
Cross gained an enormous following thanks to his successful documentary, ‘Fat, Sick & Nearly Dead’ in 2010 which showcased a 310-pound Joe on a quest to achieve a balanced lifestyle through juice. Since then he’s become an expert in juicing, publishing a book and an app to share his top tips.
Arnold Schwarzenegger, 70
The bodybuilding legend who rose to prominence through his success in Mr Olympia, winning the competition 7 times. Following his bodybuilding career, Schwarzenegger turned to acting and then politics but he still continues his involvement in the fitness industry, primarily through his social media where he offers helpful tips and motivation to his followers.
Gretchen Rubin, 52
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Rubin is a guru for all things happy. The former Supreme Court Justice clerk has become a prominent voice on psychological wellness. Her New York Times Bestseller, The Four Tendencies: The Indispensable Personality Profiles that Reveal How to Make Your Life Better (and Other People’s Lives Better, Too) investigates human nature and what we can do to become happier, more productive and healthier.
Tracey Anderson, 43
The super-fit personal trainer and founder of the acclaimed ‘Tracey Anderson Method’ rose to fame for training Hollywood A-listers including Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow.
Gwyneth Paltrow, 45
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow makes the list for her massively popular cookbooks and wellness company Goop, a lifestyle brand which extends to products, podcasts and a print magazine.
Jamie Oliver, 43
I’m joining Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to support The Food Foundation calling for a veg advertising fund to help people eat more veggies. Get involved! Post your superhero veg pic 📸🥕 We want governments, retailers and growers to come together to make veggies the hero of our food advertising #VegPower 🍆🥑🌽🌶🥕🥔🍠🥒
The famous chef is best known for his TV shows and passionate advocacy towards making Britain a healthier through what we eat. His social media is a mouth-watering source of healthy recipe inspiration including his ‘Food Tube’ YouTube channel which has amassed over 400m views, and his campaigning to reduce sugar intake of young people has resulted in a tax on sugary drinks.
Oprah Winfrey, 64
A self-made billionaire and icon, Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential people in the world. Dubbed the Mother of Daytime Television, the star rose to fame during her ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ on ABC. Oprah’s an advocate for health, penning weight-loss books, partnering with Weight Watchers and showcasing her healthy eating journey. She’s been applauded for her transparency when it comes to the relationship she has with her body.
Arianna Huffington, 67
The founder of the Huffington Post and wellbeing platform Thrive – a behaviour change media company which offers science-based solutions to lower stress and improve wellbeing.
Who were your favourite influencers in the Greatist’s list? Let us know in the comments below!