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10 Top South African wellness fitfluencers to follow

Whether you scroll through your feed looking for motivation, workout ideas, recipes or wellness information, these 10 South African wellness influencers have you covered! 

Laura Danielz

Instagram: @lauradfit

Laura is a South African fitness model,  magazine cover model, WBFF Bikini Pro, athlete and healthy foodie. 

Why We Love Her

Laura has done it all – from competing on an international WBFF stage to authoring her own ebook. She specialises in healthy recipes to fit your diet and waistline (get your copy here). In addition to the recipes she freely shares with her audience, Laura also encourages her audience to live a holistically healthy lifestyle instead of falling for fad diets. 

 

Candice Bodington

Instagram: @candibod

www.candibod.com

Candice Bodington, better known as Cadibod, is a qualified personal trainer and nutritional advisor, holistic blogger and creator of the Candibod Fitclub. 

Why We Love Her

It’s no secret that Candice is one of the leading wellness fitluencers in the country – that is quite evident looking at the holistic, educational content she creates and shares with her audience. Whether you’re struggling with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome), or you want to learn more about how the foods you eat affect your hormones – Candice is your go-to girl! 

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Is intermittent fasting worth it?! ๐Ÿค” _ Over the past 2 weeks I've been IF { basically eating all your cals for the day in a 8 hour period } which has totally been working for me and my IBS ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธHowever like most things – it has to fit into your lifestyle and not because its working for someone on insta ya feel? To keep this as short as possible, Iโ€™ve created a pros & cons list based on my experience so far: _ PROS๐ŸŒˆ: 1. Its helped with my #IBS โœจCause I'm giving my digestive system a longer period of time to break down and use food as fuel instead of store it. 2. Not snacking at night has allowed a natural caloric deficit, which is helping me maintain my weight. 3. Not spending as much money towards on the go breakfast. 4. It freed me up from thinking of when I should be eating my next meal based on time, and connected me to listening to my hunger bells. 5. A way of eating that didn't have me caught up in cals, quantities or macros – I ate what my body felt like – end of story. Obvs from a nutrition packed view ๐ŸŒฑnot going around eating pizzas on the reg. 6. Also known to increase cellular repair, reduce inflammation and clear fogginess of the brain. CONS๐Ÿšจ: 1. If you are pooh at planning meals, this could be tough. 2. Social butterflies might find it tricky to attend all those unforeseen foodie dates without breaking their fast. 3. Suffering from low blood pressure and only being able to workout/work early in the morning my make it tricky for your energy levels. 4. Those who struggle with their relationship with food, may find they binge during the 8 hour period and over consume cals. On that note if you do suffer or have suffered from any form of ED, please note this is not a way to skip meals or not eat. For me it was alllll about my IBS and allowing my body time to digest food and rest – because in all honesty i was SO over the #BloatLife I hope this shed some light to those who have DM'd me – happy to dive into this more if you need! Also not promising Iโ€™ll do this forever or consistently because life ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ but so far itโ€™s really been working for me! _ #intermittentfasting #fasting #prosandcons #candibod @waller_texas

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IBS friendly goods – in their food groups ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿฅš๐Ÿ—๐Ÿ“ _ So I left the #IBSSeries on a bit of a cliff hanger last week due to life ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ butttt, as promised a list of most foods I still include in my diet post gut flare up. As always this is what works for me, and any form of personal intolerance would need to be kept in mind when implementing into an individuals lifestyle. _ FRUIT๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ“๐Ÿฅ๐Ÿ‹: Bananas, berries, grapefruit, melon (not watermelon) kiwifruit (with no skin) lemon, lime, orange, passion fruit and pawpaws. VEG ๐Ÿฅ‘๐Ÿฅ•๐Ÿ…๐Ÿ : Carrot, celery, green beans, lettuce, potato, pumpkin, cucumber, peppers, spinach, avos, squash, sweet potato, tomato, turnip and zucchini { raw veg can be super hard on the tummy during this time – so try cook most of them } GRAINS ๐Ÿž๐Ÿฅž๐Ÿช: Gluten-free product, 100% spelt bread, rice, oats, polenta, millet, psyllium, quinoa and tapioca. NUTS & SEEDS ๐ŸŒฐ๐Ÿฅœ: Fiber can be amazing for IBS-C especially; however to many raw nuts & seeds can do the opposite. If you do enjoy them – try keep it to small amounts + sticking to low FODMAP options like walnuts, almonds and sesame seeds. MILK PRODUCTS ๐Ÿฅ›๐Ÿถ๐Ÿผ: Almond milk, coconut milk, lactose free products, vegan gelato and sorbets OTHER ๐Ÿฏ๐ŸŒฑ๐ŸŒฟ: Raw honey, maple syrup and stevia in small amounts, basil, coriander, ginger, lemongrass, mint, parsley, coconut oil, rosemary and thyme. MEAT & EGGS๐Ÿ—๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ–๐Ÿฅš: When healing the gut its best to stick to high quality grass fed lean meat like chicken or fish, same goes for your eggs. I try stay away from red meat during this time as it can become slightly 'toxic' to the body if its under a lot of inflammation and stress from your flare up. I also make sure there are no 'gooie' parts to the egg – I cook them right through! Whenever changes need to be implemented into your life for healing, remember its not forever – but try take one good things from every experiencing so that it can soon become an effortless lifestyle. Moocho love fam ๐Ÿ’›๐ŸŒˆโœจ #IBS #HealYourself #Candibod

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Isilda da Costa

Instagram: @izzy.fitness.pt

www.izzyfitness.com

Isilda – our very own Fitness Mag Blogger – is a qualified holistic health coach, raw food nutritionist, personal trainer, women’s fitness specialist, blogger and health shop owner. 

Why We Love Her

Isilda’s passion for helping women achieve optimal health and wellness shows in the educational, informative content she shares on her social media platforms. Isilda herself suffers from Lupus – an autoimmune disease – and therefore dedicates all her time to educating women about health and wellness – specializing in holistic health. We love the workouts she creates – check out her leg day workout, here.

 

Andene Horne

Instagram: @healthygirl_with_a_sweettooth

www.healthygirl.co.za

Andene, better known as the #girlboss behind the Healthy Girl brand – also recently graduated as a certified integrative nutrition holistic health coach. She is a blogger, wellness influencer and motivational speaker.

Why We Love Her

What started as a passion for baking quickly turned into a successful wellness business for Andene. In addition to running a successful business, Andene inspires women across South Africa with her real and raw approach to social media, as well as her motivational talks aimed at inspiring women through honesty. Andene’s number one goal is to improve women’s health and happiness, and we love her for that. 

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Time & time again I prove to myself just how far a little bit of planning & preparation goes, ESPECIALLY when it comes to achieving your health and happiness goals! ๐ŸŒŸ READ the latest Healthy Girl blog to find out why Iโ€™m so passionate about weekly meal prep & how you can incorporate this epic ritual into your lifestyle too ๐Ÿ˜˜ The link is {under my bio} ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป Xx โ€” What is your experience with meal prep? I ADORE hearing from you & I would love to know if you found this blog helpful ๐Ÿ™ Feel free to comment below or send me a message with your thoughts ๐Ÿ’ญ Sending so much love, Andene ๐Ÿ˜˜ Xx โ€” ๐Ÿ“ธ: @_jade_taylor_ ๐ŸŒŸ โ€” ๐Ÿ’— www.healthygirl.co.za ๐Ÿ’— #healthygirl #girlboss #healthcoach #iinhealthcoach #woman #health #happiness #food #mealprep #proteinballs #lifestyle #blogger #inspire

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At 6am this past Wednesday morning I shot out of bed and decided to host a very spontaneous HG pop up event in Pretoria (me and my ideas ๐Ÿ™Š). And now I sit here in awe of not one but TWO amazing, soul-pumping events which would never have been possible without the amazing woman around me ๐Ÿ’• โ€” Thank you to my wonderful mom @kiepersolhouse.guesthouse for the incredible venue and giving me the space to make my vision come to life, to my special bestie @simone_dreps for jumping straight into this adventure with me and putting together two AWESOME Pilates classes ๐Ÿ™ But most importantly THANK YOU to the gorgeous woman who joined us ๐Ÿ˜˜ I LOVED meeting you all! โ€” Nothing makes me happier than creating an uplifting, healthy and supportive environment that helps to connect like-minded woman ๐Ÿ™ We are all in this together ๐Ÿ‘ญ Sending so much love, Andene ๐Ÿ˜˜ Xx โ€” ๐Ÿ’— www.healthygirl.co.za ๐Ÿ’— #healthygirl #girlpower #healthcoach #woman #pretoria #health #happiness #inspire #girlboss #love

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Lill Bianchi Kimble

Instagram: @Lill_Kimble

Lill is the head coach and owner of Off the Grid Athletic, a world champion powerlifter, deadlift world record holder, Fitness Mag contributor and overall badass who inspires women to get stronger.

Why We Love Her

Besides the fact that she is #StrongAF and a general badass (which is glaringly obvious when you look at her social media), we love that Lill says it like it is – no shortcuts and no lies. Not only does she inspire women to get strong through lifting, but she is breaking every stereotype when it comes to women in strength sports. She is the perfect example to all women who still believe that lifting heavy weights makes you look ‘manly’. 

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Tips to a great deadlift๐Ÿ“: ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Be confident ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Treat your light weights like heavy weights ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Make mistakes, thatโ€™s how you improve ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Focus on the basics ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Tension is everything, practice this ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Always look to learn more, there is a massive difference in knowing and doing ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Surround yourself with people who are more experienced, train with the strong, listen to the wise and donโ€™t ever be afraid to ask questions ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ Plan to get better, going into the gym with no plan is like going into a dick swinging contest with a vagina – have a goal, write shit down, plan to progress ๐Ÿ‘‰๐Ÿผ It doesnโ€™t matter how big your deadlift is, how long you have been in the game or how many records you hold, you can always be better โ™ฅ๏ธ Lil

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Hlubi Mboya Arnold

Instagram: @hlubimboya1

Hlubi Mboya needs no introduction – not only is she a leading woman in business, entrepreneur and actress, but she is an extraordinary athlete; stepping on stage to compete, climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and finishing the Absa Cape Epic. 

Why We Love Her

Hlubi represents a different kind of fit and healthy. Showing people that fitness can be enjoyed through various activities  like cycling, hiking, yoga and weight training. Her incredible energy and the passion with which she shares her message with the world cannot be ignored. She thrives on adventure and constantly applies herself to be better and achieve what most would be scared to attempt. 

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"Not in my strength I was weak in my strength When I fought hard to win But when I lost to my pride The victory began You saw me running Pushing towards the goal You taught me to surrender And in losing I became whole I remembered Your freedom As I rest in Your embrace Itโ€™s not the winning thatโ€™s important Itโ€™s giving my best in every race You said to look up When Iโ€™m falling You said to get up When Iโ€™m down You said to never give up darling The undeterred will win the crown It is not about the end prize Or the longing to win the world It is to be better than myself Through the grace of the Lord Now Iโ€™m lost in Your mercy And I know You already walked the course Therefore I will press forward in strength not in mine but in Yours. " ๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘of #OCR @hdannhauser๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿฟ #NeverGiveUpOnYou #LookUp #ChinUp #YouvsYou #DoNotUndermineUs #ToBeAnEnigma๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบโ™€๏ธโ™€๏ธโ™€๏ธโ™€๏ธโœŠ๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŒโœŠ๐Ÿฟ๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ #The5amClub

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Jordyn Muirhead

Instagram: @jordyns_channel

www.jordynschannel.com

Jordyn is a health and wellness blogger and influencer – she is all about holistic health and healing your body through food.

Why We Love Her

For one, have you looked at her profile? The food-envy is real! The recipes she shares on her platforms not only look delicious but yes, they are healthy! Jordyn loves creating recipes with organic, healthy ingredients. We’re also enamoured with the educational info she shares about food and hormones, and how what you eat affects more than just your weight. Her workouts are also killer! 

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Feeling the best Iโ€™ve felt all year… itโ€™s amazing how being mindful of your food choices changes how feel, how you think, how you look… Iโ€™ve really been loving the journey this week and getting back into a regular routine, taking time to prep meals, eat actually meals and not just snack the whole time, having a good balance between healthy fats, proteins and carbs. Eating more veggies, etc. . Thereโ€™s always a lot of questions around which one matters more, exercise or diet and I definitely think both are very important but a lot of people donโ€™t have time to exercise where as everyone has to make time to eat. Itโ€™s the meals we choose to eat during that time that could make a huge difference to our performance at work, our attitude, our presence & mindfulness, our energy levels. It honestly can make the biggest difference to our mindset, our whole body will thank us for it. Iโ€™ve definitely experienced a lot of this since doing the cleanse over the weekend and then being especially mindful and disciplined this week. . Exercise is important too, just a 15 minute workout can make a big difference. Most CrossFit workouts are around 15-20 minutes (anyone can do CrossFit, donโ€™t believe everything you hear. Itโ€™s very good for weight loss, muscle tone, itโ€™s thrilling, they focus a lot on technique, itโ€™s good to learn, i saw the biggest and quickest results when I did it) A quick CrossFit class before work in the morning or at lunch time or even just a 1km run everyday… getting your body moving, blood pumping, endorphins flowing could also improve your mood and your overall performance at home & at work. . Itโ€™s not just about how you look, itโ€™s about how you feel. Itโ€™s not all about losing weight, itโ€™s about being healthy. Challenge yourself to a week of good, mindful eating & a little bit of exercise everyday (it doesnโ€™t have to be drastic, just something) and see how YOU feel โค๏ธโค๏ธ

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Monique Lopes

Instagram: @monique.fit

Lifestyle coach, nutritional advisor, SWITCH instructor and athlete Monique Lopes is inspiring thousands of women across South Africa with her knowledge, educational content and her fiery personality. 

Why We Love Her

Monique started her journey into the fitness industry be stepping on stage and competing in Bikini Fitness shows (and won!). These days Monique’s on a mission to educate and inspire women across South Africa to live healthier lives and most importantly, to LOVE being healthy and fit. We love her high-intensity workouts, delicious recipes and her fiery, motivational personality that can get anyone up and at ’em! 

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Jumping into my Saturday feeling on top of the world โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ˜› Just finished a pretty awesome and sparkly session on my favorite SWITCH PLAYGROUND ( a.k.a. 2nd Home @switchplaygroundgrs ๐Ÿ’•) with a really great friend of mine … Going to catch up on a bit of work and then … get a little pampered with mommy at @haringtonshairbedforview ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿผ Also – in taking this photo… I decided to also touch on the topic that you CANNOT compare yourself to what you see everyday on social media. LatelyI kept finding myself under so much pressure (totally self inflicted ๐Ÿ™„) because everyone on my news feed just looks so dam perfect and beautiful every single day … and Iโ€™m like – either bloated 98% of the day, stressing over my new Easter weekend chocolate breakouts, feeling pale and like a snowflake โ„๏ธ because my tan has faded, or looking in the mirror thinking to myself – monique – brush your hair a little more at least ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚)… kind of forgetting that social media is โ€œrealโ€ but also โ€œnot 100% realโ€… the images you scroll past everyday are most probably 1 of the 55 that were taken in a single 2 minutes ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ™„… (itโ€™s very rare to capture a photo on your first try that youโ€™ll instantly approve ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™„ – because we like it – but totally turn our attention to that little skin fold we totally dislike ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ – seriously … Iโ€™m so guilty of this). In my example … all of these photos were taken in the same 45 seconds ๐Ÿ˜‚ yet they built up to that โ€œacceptableโ€ photo ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Next time you find yourself under so much pressure because of what you see on your news feed – stop for a brief moment – breathe and remind yourself that those photos are 1 of 100โ€™s and that what is eventually posted is the โ€œbest angled / best posed / best lightingโ€ photo of the whole lot. Donโ€™t compare someoneโ€™s โ€œbest highlightโ€ moment to your normal daily moments … what you see on Instagram is real but also not real… I havenโ€™t posted a close up โ€œselfieโ€ on my page in a LOOOOOONG time because my skin is just poop. I donโ€™t feel my best and itโ€™s just yuk – with or without make up … but I know that as soon as I feel sparkly and clear – youโ€™ll scroll past a selfie on my page๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ…

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This was one of those FEEL GOOD workouts ๐Ÿ˜›๐Ÿ”ฅ 20-30 seconds each movement with 5 seconds transition time … repeat 3-5 rounds …. GO โค๏ธ๐Ÿ”ฅ 1. Medicine ball double sumo squat curl press with knee up (alternate legs). 2. 2x mountain climber into medicine ball burpee. 3. Medicine ball mountain climbers. 4. Medicine ball burpees. 5. Double sumo squat pulses into in and outs step jumps ๐Ÿค” 6. Step push up into 3 tricep dips (see video) 7. One side squat with 1 arm front raise while other side raise. 8. Repeat with other leg 9. Dumbbell thrusters with alternating knee up. 10. Double push up into high plank kickback per leg …. enjoy the sparkles ๐Ÿ˜› Tag a friend that would totally sparkle with you ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคธ๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿง˜๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ @wildcat_official_ @newbalanceza #moniquefit #mfitm #moniquefitmovement #workoutvideo #metcon #wod #workoutoftheday #hiit #cardio #hiitworkout #fit #strong #strongwoman #instafit #fitspo #trainhard #girlswithmuscle #fitgirl #lifestyleblogger #fitandhealthy #healthy #ootd #weekendwoekout #abs #fitness

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Cara-Lisa Sham

Instagram: @caralishious

www.caralishious.com

Cara-Lisa is a health blogger, fitness enthusiast, wellness coach, yogi and founder of Caralishious Vegan Ince-Cream.

Why We Love Her

The yoga movement is increasing in popularity with more women taking on this practice as a means to stay fit and healthy, improve their flexibility and strength, and to find balance and manage stress. Cara-Lisa inspires women to become strong through yoga – physically and mentally. She shares her journey and knowledge unapologetically. And she’s the founder of Caralishious Vegan Ice-Cream – a win for all the vegans out there!

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"She has a quiet confidence that screams loud. She is humble but strong. She is stable but rebellious. She is giving but not naive. She chooses her battles wisely. She'll stay silent until its time to fight, and when that time comes, fight she does" ~ Jordan Sarah Weatherhead Happy Womens Day to each and every wonderful Women out there..celebrate yourself not only today but every day! Love Always Cara-Lisa xoxo Photo By @justinleephotos Photgraphed at @wellnessinmotionsa #happywomensday #caralishious #heretocreate @adidasza @adidaswomen #nostoppingus #metoo . . . . . . . . #healthblogger #lifestyleblogger #fitspo #fitsporation #fitfam #fitgirl #healthygirl #healthybody #selfmotivation #yogaeverydamday #motivation #loveyourbody #yogabody #healthandfitness #balance #bodygoals #fitnessmotivation #healthandfitness #fitforlife #abs #beyourbest #namaste #yogagirl #loveyourself #fitwomen

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Mapule Ndhlovu

Instagram: @queenfitnass

Mapule is a personal trainer and fitfluencer impacting thousands of lives through her workouts and positive attitude.

“Fitness saved my life because it taught me from an early age important lessons about discipline, commitment and self-drive. I come from an area where fitness is not really a priority. Fitness gave me options to be healthier and happier, look and feel better and meeting people from all walks of life with a common goal of self-improvement.

More importantly, fitness allowed me to make a difference in other peopleโ€™s lives. I want to represent fitness, be a positive voice in society and show people that fitness is not a โ€œthem thingโ€ but an โ€œus thingโ€.

Why We Love Her

Her workouts are fire, her attitude is contagious and she knows just how to get us motivated to never skip a gym session! Mapule is the queen of fitness in South Africa and there’s no stopping her. Her positive voice and presence in the industry changes lives through health and wellness and that’s something we can get behind!

 

Who inspires and motivates you?  Let us know! @fitnessmagsa

Author: Tanja Schmitz

Founder and Editor of Fitness Magazine. You’ll find her behind her computer or on her bike, dreaming up new ways to improve or create content for you.