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The health conscious give these five fitness blogs the thumbs up

The number of people hitting the gym in the New Year usually swells as those who made fitness resolutions try to make good on their word. Although we’re well into 2013, there are plenty of people interested in working out all year round. inVocus asked fitness fanatics to name their go-to sources for exercise and health tips, resulting in a variety of sites to choose from. If you’re pitching health and exercise-related content, these five new additions to the Vocus Media Database might make a good place to start.

Blogilates.com: This blog offers meal plans, workout videos, recipes and exercise management, and is run by Cassie Ho, a Pilates and fitness instructor who also designs fashionable gym bags. The site may appeal to anyone who wants to get fit, but doesn’t always want to go to the gym. That’s one reason why Janelle Tracy, owner of Joan’s Heart Printable Stationary, likes the blog. “It is important for me to be fit, but I don’t love going to the gym or group classes all the time,” she said. “The video posts are great because it is very clear which area of the body is being targeted with each exercise, so you can really create a plan that works for you. Cassie’s blog posts about food and meal planning are great too. Because what’s a great fitness plan without eating right?”

Greatist.com: From articles on the best restorative Yoga poses to animals with great abs, Greatist.com is a versatile blog offering tips on healthy eating, exercise and wellness. “What I love about Greatist is the topics are relevant, real and interesting,” said Michael Wuest, a marketing manager and self-proclaimed fitness and Crossfit fanatic. “They do their research and cite their sources. The site is so well rounded too, with a variety of health and wellness topics. Their team of writers is amazing and the community around Greatist is the best.”

I Suck At Crossfit: This fitness blog discusses weightlifting, Crossfit and other forms of muscle building and fitness exercises like Zumba. He also posts rants on his trials and tribulations during his fitness training. “CrossFit has become all the rage over the last few years, with the number of gyms doubling every year since 2010 and reports of up to 30 new gyms opening every week,” said Lisa Neal, an account director at JLH Media and a fitness enthusiast. “This little gem of a blogger not only gives plenty of tips and tricks for those die-hard, almost cult-like CrossFit enthusiasts, but pokes fun at himself and at CrossFit while doing it.”

LukeSniewski.com: Blogger Luke Sniewski writes with the idea that good health not only leads to happiness, but also is good for business. “His blogs are always very well-researched and I love his topics. He covers everything from lifestyle to tips and tricks,” said Karisa Winett, a personal trainer and nutritionist. “His Youtube channel has cool fitness videos on it as well. He chooses real topics and expresses a very knowledgeable opinion that makes you think, and want to change.”

RealWorldWeightLoss.com:  This is a blog that the average person can relate to. Blogger Helen Ryan provides easy tips and simple ways to lose weight and stay healthy. “In reading Helen’s blog [and] finding out her story, and how for a period of time in her life she was so overweight she couldn’t even fit on an amusement park ride was heartbreaking! Her ‘stick with it’ attitude is more than enough to keep me captivated! Helen has a realistic grasp on weight loss, management and self-control,” said Sarah Jean Dougherty, a spin instructor.

–Katrina M. Mendolera

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