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Best Fitness Blogs: Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

One challenge that many people are confronted with is that anything health and fitness related on the internet is typically dominated by corporate blogs (they spend money on SEO), spammers, and mainstream media articles. Now, I’m not knocking MSM, but there are several reasons that people look specifically for blog articles.  Taking a step back, weeding through the bad health and fitness blogs is probably one of the biggest reasons that I decided to start a Blog Network.

Unfortunately, most spammers know the one fast, cheap, and most effective trick to rank well for a search term on Google. Let’s say you do a Google search on the phrase, “health and fitness blog.” Most of the blogs on the first page–with Doug’s Health Habits (a health and fitness blog), being the exception are spam blogs.  Why?  Well, anything with both of the words “health” or “fitness” in the website’s domain will rank very well on Google searches for those terms…

The first paragraph of the article was something that I could definitely relate to from personal experience. I feel that it bears quoting, so here it is:

“Wandering the web in search of health and fitness inspiration can often lead you to a dead end.  In the vast world of blogs, there’s — let’s face it — lots of junk floating out there.

While you probably don’t want to follow the ramblings of some nobody who lost 80 pounds swallowing dangerous diet supplements, mainstream, corporate health blogs can almost be worse: boring, generic and humourless.”

Here’s the list of blogs deemed worthy of a click by Shamona Harnett:

1. Fit Bottomed Girls

Fit Bottomed Girls is a fitness blog maintained by Jenn Walters and Erin Whitehead.  Jenn Walters is a certified personal trainer.  Both of the blog’s authors are journalism grads.
  • Hip looking web design
  • Very active blog covering a range of topics from fashion, fitness, and pop culture–obviously appealing to a female demographic.  Even features some interviews with fitness personalities.
  • Recent post:  Review of La Roux’s Album under Fit Hits

2. Just Flourishing –

Written by Janna Guberman, an aspiring dietitian attending school in New York City.  She’s a former Winnipeger, so I guess that makes two of us.
  • Cool looking design.  Janna either hired a graphic artist for her banner, or she’s also talented at graphic design.
  • Daily posts with articles featuring recipes.
  • Recent post:  Magically Delicious – a desert recipe.
  • Update:  This blog sadly no longer exists – the original post for this article was written in 2010.

3. Six Until Me

  • Kerri Monrone Sparling, a wife of a personal trainer, blogs about her life with type 1 diabetes
  • Clean, simple, readable design.  One odd feature is that her posts don’t have clickable links which also makes navigation of the blog a little challenging.  I’ve never used Moveable Type, but that seems to be the blog platform that she’s using.
  • Definitely an inspiring blog for those coping with type 1 diabetes.
  • Recent Post:  Diving into the Diaper Fish.

4. Kevin MD

A medical weblog written by Dr. Kevin Pho, MD, and a number of guest authors who’re often other physicians.
  • I do read this blog quite regularly.   Dr Pho’s blog has an ultra simple, clean layout and design.
  • Usually multiple posts per day with a significant amount of content written by guest authors.
  • Recent article:  should prisons require co-pays for inmate care?

5. Dr. Sharma’s Obesity Notes

University of Alberta obesity expert, Dr. Arya Sharma blogs about health news and issues pertaining to obesity.

Have you found any other health or fitness related blogs that you enjoy reading regularly? If so, feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

15 Comments

  1. Mike

    April 11, 2013 at 3:30 am

    This blog is an excellent source of information about keeping ourself fit with shape and healthy.Unbelievable workouts you’ll love to do.Let’s face it, once you get an idea in your head about exercising it’s a case of lets dive straight in, right? It’s down to the gym you go and enrolled you are. Although most gyms endeavour to do their best when ensuring the safety of their members, not always is this the case.I like the way ENRGFITNESS GYMS KILSYTH,MELBOURNE,asked these 5 women what motivates them, then asked them to make their goals and objectives.Well,We all know that in order to have a healthy development, they need to have regular exercises.Many of us promise at a certain point in life to get back into shape and start a new and efficient fitness routine.Here is the FITNESS GYM where i found my solution, Enrgfitness GYMS KILSYTH,MELBOURNE.

  2. Sarah Downes

    April 5, 2013 at 3:40 am

    Thanks for sharing such informative information above here.Commenting on this site is really pleasure for me.Keep up good job in sharing very good topics above here.

  3. Jacy

    December 9, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    Gotta check all these. Thanks.

  4. Mercy Tan

    December 7, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Health and fitness are always the best buddies. For you to become healthy, you need to stay fit. But staying fit nowadays is not easy with lots of instant foods and fast food restaurant. All things are ready and pushed button. And not all of the tips posted online are good and will bring beauty to yourself. One thing I can suggest is to consult and visit a certified personal trainer and ask a help fro them.

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    November 25, 2010 at 3:24 am

    Yes there are still a lot of stuffs teaching false beliefs about health and fitness. It will be a pity if we would into something that is not right :(

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    November 25, 2010 at 3:21 am

    Yes their are a lot of false fitness beliefs that were still flying on the web so we must beware of these ones. It will be a waste of time if we would fall into something which is not right :(

  7. Diet Pills

    November 25, 2010 at 3:12 am

    I believe you buddy, there are still a lot of stuffs teaching myths that were totally untrue. I’ve been into some blogs teaching that were proven not effective or wrong by recent studies.

  8. Health n Fitness Care

    November 22, 2010 at 6:44 am

    You are very true, that’s exactly what happens. In your search for some informative stuff for ‘health and fitness’ you land up with all that scrap where as the real stuff that you are looking for is left behind.

  9. Diet Pills

    November 5, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Thanks a lot for a bunch of good information. I look forward to reading more on this topic.

  10. Danielle

    September 24, 2010 at 9:32 pm

    It is really hard to find great fitness blogs out there, because there is so much information out there on the web and a lot of it is really bad. If you are someone interested in fitness, the gym, or working out you should do your research on the blogger out there to ensure that they are educated enough to give you advice about your body. Check out our blog: Illuminate gym. Thanks so much!

  11. healy

    August 18, 2010 at 7:22 pm

    nice blogs. . .I already visit each of the blogs and I really adored there aims and purposes! Nice post

    • Jarret Morrow

      August 19, 2010 at 1:05 pm

      Healy, yeah it’s a great list of health and fitness blogs.

  12. Editor

    July 5, 2010 at 9:39 am

    Sorry Jessica, we’ve made the correction. Thanks for your feedback!

  13. Jessica

    July 5, 2010 at 12:40 am

    Not trying to ben rude but her name is Janna Guberman not Jenna Gubermann :) her blog rocks!

  14. Sean

    June 21, 2010 at 7:56 am

    Ironically I’ve been reading Kerri and Kevin’s blogs for years. Great pics.

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