When it comes to health and wellness, YouTube is one of my favorite resources for finding inspiration and staying motivated. There are so many great channels out there that allow you to stay fit and healthy from your own home without spending money on a gym membership or hiring a personal chef.
It’s also a lot easier to follow along with workouts when there’s a video explanation, and I love seeing all of the ingredients come together in a recipe with a live tutorial. Plus, videos can really allow a person’s personality shine through in a way that blog posts can’t always do.
Since it can be difficult to sift through the depths of YouTube to find good health and wellness channels, I’ve compiled a list of people I watch when I’m in need of some health inspiration. Obviously we all follow different philosophies and principles when it comes to health, so I’ve included a bit of everything from lifestyle to fitness to nutrition that I think we can all enjoy.
This is not meant to be an all-inclusive list, but rather some channels that I absolutely love and watch often. Watch a few videos from these channels and subscribe if you find someone you love!
1 | Madeleine Shaw
Madeleine Shaw is a health coach, yoga teacher, and author, and I love her positive attitude and practical tips. She covers a whole range of health-related topics such as snacks ideas, sleep tips, and stress-relief practices. She shares wonderful behind-the-scenes look at how she manages to balance all of the different aspects of her life with a busy schedule, and you can tell that she just has such a zest and love of life about her.
2 | Holistic Habits
Sarah Nagel is a Canadian YouTuber who also runs a a crystal and handmade jewelry shop on etsy. On her channel, she shares great tips about creating a natural skincare routine, practicing self-care, and natural ways to deal with anxiety and stress. There’s something about this girl that makes me just want to become her BFF, and I guarantee her personality will put you in a good mood.
3 | Lauren Toyota
Lauren is one of the most real and honest people in the youtube community, and I love hearing her insight on things like spirituality, work-life balance, and emotional wellness. She mostly shares vegan what I eat in a day videos, but she also has lots of Q&As that are super interesting. She’s a master at whipping up meals out of random ingredients in her fridge, and I basically want to be her best friend.
4 | Zanna Van Dijk
Zanna Van Dijk is basically wonderwoman. She’s a personal trainer, fitness blogger/vlogger/model, and founder of the #girlgains movement. On her YouTube channel, she shares her workout routines, nutrition tips, travel vlogs, and tips for living a balanced life. I follow Zanna on practically every social media platform, and she’s probably one of the hardest working people you’ll come across.
5 | Carly Rowena
Carly Rowena is a personal trainer and fitness blogger who makes videos about living a healthy lifestyle, weight loss tips, and workout routines. This lovely lady has so much energy and she’s always on the go, but somehow she manages to fit all of that healthy goodness into her daily life. She also keeps it real and shares those moments when she’s feeling overwhelmed and how she deals with them.
6 | Blogilates
I have to thank Cassey Ho for being the person who ultimately inspired me to start my own health journey when I was in college. She started her YouTube channel focusing on pilates videos, but now you can find anything from yoga to HIIT to dance workouts on her channel. If you find you get bored with workouts easily or you need someone to cheer you on, Cassey will make it extremely fun for you.
7 | Yoga With Adriene
If you don’t know who Adriene is yet, she’s quickly become everyone’s favorite yoga teacher. Her relatable personality, sense of playfulness, and just overall bad-assness makes her yoga videos so fun to do. If you’re someone who’s had doubts about trying yoga in the past, I highly recommend you try one of Adriene’s vids. Whether you’re a beginner or advanced yogi, there’s something for everyone on this channel.
8 | Fitness Blender
Daniel & Kelli are a husband and wife team who post day-by-day workout programs to help you get a strong, healthy body. If I’m ever in the mood to work out but I’m not sure what to do, I just scroll through their videos and always end up enjoying whatever I choose. They have videos on everything from HIIT, cardio, strength training, kettlebell, pilates, circuit training, bodyweight, yoga, and low impact workouts, so there’s something for everyone.
9 | The Live Fit Girl
Deanna is a pilates instructor and personal trainer, and I’ve recently become hooked on her YouTube videos. She has some amazing workout challenges with free printables to track your progress, and all of her workouts are perfect for doing at home with minimal equipment. She shares different types of workouts like pilates, yoga, HIIT, plus workouts that use kettlebells and resistance bands.
10 | Tone It Up
Karena and Katrina are total babes who have inspired a whole community of Tone It Up ladies with their workout and nutrition plans. Anytime you watch their videos, you’ll feel as though you’re just catching up with your girlfriends and having a grand ol’ time. From their quick and fun pilates video to their bikini body programs, these girls have everything you need to enjoy getting fitter.
11 | Hot For Food
I am currently obsessed with Lauren & John, and I think I’ve watched every single one of their videos since finding their channel. They post vegan recipes that always look and sound super delicious, and often they’ll do challenges with each other to see who can make the best version of something, like breakfast or tacos. You’ll notice I also included Lauren’s channel earlier in this list because I’m just that impressed by her.
12 | Joyous Health
Joy McCarthy is a holistic nutritionist, author, and blogger who I’ve been following for quite some time now because of her down-to-earth personality and overall joy for healthy living – she really does live up to her name! Along with sharing easy-to-make recipes and nutrition tips, Joy also shares practical advice for staying healthy and leading a more natural lifestyle.
13 | Sarah’s Vegan Kitchen
Sarah is one of those charismatic, bubbly people who never fails to put me in a good mood when I’m watching her videos. She takes recipes that are not vegan and somehow veganizes them, like crab cakes out of artichokes?! So crazy. My mind is always blown when I watch her channel. Her creativity in the kitchen is why I’ll always watch her videos as soon as they’re uploaded.
14 | Lean Secrets
Brenda Leigh Turner shares tips and tricks for weight loss on her YouTube channel. Even if you’re not looking to lose weight, Brenda has great insight into things like leaky gut, metabolic typing, carb cycling, and other interesting nutritional topics you may or may not be familiar with. I love her upbeat personality, and she makes confusing nutritional information a lot easier to understand.
15 | Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.
Even if you’re not a raw vegan (or vegan at all for that matter, which I am not), we can all appreciate Laura Miller’s strange and wonderful personality. I mainly watch her videos because I think she’s absolutely hilarious, but her recipes are also super creative and interesting to me since she takes common recipes and turns them into raw masterpieces.
BONUS | The Blissful Mind
I recently started my own channel all about mindfulness, self-care, and productivity. I thought I’d add this to the list in case you’re interested in any of those topics!
Who’s your favorite healthy YouTuber? If you have your own channel, leave a link down below in the comments!
Main photo credit: Carly Rowena