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Just Because You’re Stuck Inside Doesn’t Mean You Should Slack On Your Health, Follow These Instagram Accounts To Keep Yourself In Check

Before social media revamped the internet, people who wanted to eat healthier and exercise more plastered photos of models with their ideal body image on their refrigerator to help them stay on track. Fortunately, there’s no longer a reason to clip magazine images that inspire you to stick to your new diet and exercise routine. If you need healthy cooking tips, a slight confidence boost, or a bit of motivation to stick to your new health and wellness routine, follow these Instagram accounts.

1. Beauty Blends

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If you’re looking for plant-based and simple vegan recipes, Beauty Blends has you covered. This Dutch-based Instagram blogger posts vibrant photos of drool-worthy desserts and appetite-satisfying meals that make you want to eat healthy on a regular basis.

2. Jessamyn Stanley

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Jessamyn Stanley is a body-positivity advocate and yoga teacher who uses her Instagram account to inspire hundreds of thousands of followers. Her feed is filled with images of yoga poses, short videos of yoga sequences, and posts that focus on the way you feel, rather than how you look.

3. Abdkitchen

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Abdkitchen’s Instagram feed is filled with healthy comfort food. On this Instagram account, you’ll find a variety of soups good enough to warm your soul and spice-infused dishes that almost look too good to eat.

4. Fat Girl Fed Up

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Lexi was a fat girl who was fed up with how she looked and felt, so she took matters into her own hands. She lost 312 pounds naturally — through diet and exercise — over the course of two-years. Her Instagram account showcases her continual journey with weight loss, exercise, self-discovery, and living a healthy lifestyle. If you need motivation and inspiration, Lexi is the health-related Instagram blogger to follow.

5. Discovering Danny

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We can’t mention Lexi at @fatgirlfedup without mentioning her other half. Discovering Danny is her partner in crime, and his Instagram feed is just as inspiring. Using diet and exercise, Danny has lost 95 pounds since 2016, and together with Lexi, they work to inspire over a million Instagram followers throughout their own health and wellness journey.

6. Sjana Elise Earp

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Sjana Elise Earp’s Instagram feed has attracted over one million followers for a reason — her yoga-inspired photos are absolutely breathtaking. If you’re a yoga enthusiast, or you plan to become one, Sjana’s jaw-dropping shots are sure to motivate you to start posing.

7. The Crunchy Radish

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Miranda Hammer is the registered dietician who runs the widely popular Instagram account, The Crunchy Radish. She’s a fitness enthusiast who focuses on creating healthy recipes using all-natural foods, which she shares via Instagram and her blog. But the best part about her feed isn’t the food; it’s how simple her recipes are to make.

8. The Delicious

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Sarah is the founder of The Delicious Life, a blog that focuses on eating beautifully every day. On her Instagram feed, she shares bright, colorful photos of fruits and veggies, along with recipes so you can put the fun back in your diet.

9. Rochelle Bilow

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Rochelle Bilow works at Bon Appétit, a magazine filled with recipes and cooking tips, and her Instagram feed reflects the healthy lifestyle she maintains. The feed is filled with photos taken during her regular runs, the food she’s eating, and some of her favorite yoga poses.

10. Eddie Hall

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If weightlifting and bodybuilding is more your style, check out Eddie Hall’s Instagram account. He holds the world record for deadlifting 500 kilograms and has won the title of the UK’s Strongest Man six years in a row. His Instagram feed showcases photos of him in the gym, videos of him lifting weights, and stories about his own personal weightlifting journey.

11. Hannah Fallis Bronfman

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Hannah Bronfman is a fitness enthusiast, DJ, and the author of the book Do What Feels Good, Recipes, Remedies, and Routines to Treat Your Body Right. Her Instagram feed highlights her fun personality, gives you an up-close look at her lifestyle, and displays posts that inspire her followers to live a happy, healthy lifestyle.

12. Sara Forte

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Sara Forte is the author of Sprouted Kitchen and Sprouted Kitchen: Bowl + Spoon — two cookbooks designed to inspire healthy eating. But the great thing about The Sprouted Kitchen Instagram feed is that Sara doesn’t follow one specific diet style. Instead, she focuses her feed on eating healthy and seasonally and fills it with recipes that are nutritious and satisfying.

13. Minimalist Baker

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Minimalist Baker is the Instagram account to follow if you’re a self-described lazy cook or looking for healthy recipes that are quick and simple. All of the recipes Dana Schultz posts only require one bowl, take 30 minutes or less to make, and require no more than 10 ingredients.

14. Coco Lovin’

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Need to level up your breakfast game? Alexa at @coco_lovin really understands just how important a good fruit bowl is to your morning routine. She shares various healthy, fruit-based recipes that make her followers look forward to getting up each morning.

15. Holly Rilinger

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What makes Holly Rilinger’s Instagram account follow-worthy? The fact that her positive posts and stunning selfies are enough to make you want to get your butt to the gym ASAP. On her Instagram feed, Holly shares stories about her own health and wellness journey that inspire others to take action.

16. Massy Arias

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Boxing, strength training, and yoga — Massy Arias does a little bit of it all. Along the way, she shares her journey on Instagram. This health coach inspires over two million followers to continue their health and wellness journeys, teaching expecting mothers how to modify their exercise routines during pregnancy and moms how to make time in their busy day for a workout.

17. Kenneth Gallarzo

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Kenneth Gallarzo uses his Instagram account to teach others how to use slow, controlled gymnastic moves to strength train. His feed is full of how-to videos, making it ideal for anyone who’s new to the workout scene.

18. Jenna Murrow

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Jenna Murrow’s Instagram feed is a combination of photos and videos that teach followers to unlock their healing potential through yoga therapy, healthy eating, and Ayurvedic medicine.

19. Angela Liddon

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Angela Liddon, founder of the blog Oh She Glows, shares mouthwatering vegan recipes on her Instagram feed. Her feed is ideal for anyone considering adopting a vegan lifestyle, especially those with a sweet tooth.

20. Jessi Kneeland

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Jessi Kneeland is a life coach who specializes in teaching women how to love and accept their bodies. Her Instagram feed focuses on fitness and includes a variety of instructional videos and posts about mindset.

21. Amanda Meixner

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If you need help with healthy eating, Amanda Meixner has your back. Her Instagram account teaches followers which foods to love and what type of food they should avoid if they want to eat healthily.

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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This Artist Has Been Breaking Barriers As A Non-Traditional Mariachi

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On a recent episode of ABC’s game show To Tell The Truth, three celebrity panelists were tasked to uncover the identity of a real mariachi singer.

Each contender embodied “non-traditional” attributes of mariachi culture either through physical appearance or language barriers, leaving the panelists stumped.

When it came time for the big reveal, with a humble smile 53-year-old Timoteo “El Charro Negro” stood up wowing everyone. Marveled by his talents, Timoteo was asked to perform unveiling his smooth baritone voice.

While not a household name in the U.S., his career spans over 25 years thriving on the catharsis of music.

Timoteo “El Charro Negro” performing “Chiquilla Linda” on Dante Night Show in 2017.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Timoteo, born Timothy Pollard, moved to Long Beach, California with his family when he was eight years old. The move to California exposed Pollard to Latin culture, as the only Black family in a Mexican neighborhood.

As a child, he recalled watching Cantinflas because he reminded him of comedian Jerry Lewis, but musically he “got exposed to the legends by chance.”

“I was bombarded by all the 1960s, ’70s, and ’50s ranchera music,” Timoteo recalls to mitú.

The unequivocal passion mariachi artists like Javier Solis and Vicente Fernandez possessed heavily resonated with him.

“[The neighbors] always played nostalgic music, oldies but goodies, and that’s one thing I noticed about Mexicans,” Timoteo says. “They can be in their 20s but because they’ve grown up listening to the oldies it’s still very dear to them. That’s how they party.”

For as long as he can remember, Pollard “was born with the genetic disposition to love music,” knowing that his future would align with the arts.

After hearing Vicente Fernandez sing “Lástima Que Seas Ajena,” an awakening occurred in Pollard. While genres like hip-hop and rap were on the rise, Pollard’s passion for ranchera music grew. It was a moment when he realized that this genre best suited his big voice.

Enamored, Pollard began to pursue a career as a Spanish-language vocalist.

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At 28, Timoteo began learning Spanish by listening and singing along to those artists he adored in his youth.

“When I decided that I wanted to be a mariachi, I didn’t think it was fair to exploit the culture and not understand the language,” he says. “If I’m going to sing, I need to be able to communicate with my audience and engage with them. I need to understand what I’m saying because it was about honor and respect.”

Pollard began performing local gigs after picking up the language in a matter of months. He soon attracted the attention of “Big Boy” Radio that adorned him the name Timoteo “El Charro Negro.”

Embellishing his sound to highlight his Black heritage, Pollard included African instruments like congas and bongos in his orchestra. Faintly putting his own spin on a niche genre, Pollard avoided over-saturating the genre’s sound early in his career.

Embraced by his community as a beloved mariachi, “El Charro Negro” still encountered race-related obstacles as a Black man in the genre.

“There are those [in the industry] who are not in the least bit thrilled to this day. They won’t answer my phone calls, my emails, my text messages I’ve sent,” he says. “The public at large hasn’t a problem with it, but a lot of the time it’s those at the helm of decision making who want to keep [the genre] exclusively Mexican.”

“El Charro Negro” persisted, slowly attracting fans worldwide while promoting a message of harmony through his music.

In 2007, 12 years into his career, Pollard received a golden ticket opportunity.

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Pollard (left) seen with legendary Mexican artist Vicente Fernandez (right) in 2007. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In a by-chance encounter with a stagehand working on Fernandez’s tour, Pollard was offered the chance to perform onstage. The singer was skeptical that the offer was legit. After all, what are the chances?

The next day Pollard went to his day job at the time and said, “a voice in my head, which I believe was God said, ‘wear your blue velvet traje tonight.'”

That evening Pollard went to a sold-out Stockton Area where he met his idol. As he walked on the stage, Pollard recalls Fernandez insisting that he use his personal mic and band to perform “De Que Manera Te Olvido.”

“[Fernandez] said he did not even want to join me,” he recollects about the show. “He just was kind and generous enough to let me sing that song on his stage with his audience.”

The crowd applauded thunderously, which for Pollard was a sign of good things to come.

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Timoteo “El Charro Negro” with Don Francisco on Don Francisco Presenta in 2011. Photo courtesy of Timothy Pollard.

In 2010, he released his debut album “Me Regalo Contigo.” In perfect Spanish, Pollard sings with great conviction replicating the soft tones of old-school boleros.

Unraveling the rollercoaster of relationships, heart-wrenchingly beautiful ballads like “Me Regalo Contigo” and “Celos” are his most streamed songs. One hidden gem that has caught the listener’s attention is “El Medio Morir.”

As soon as the track begins it is unlike the others. Timoteo delivers a ’90s R&B love ballad in Spanish, singing with gumption as his riffs and belts encapsulate his unique sound and story.

Having appeared on shows like Sabado Gigante, Don Francisco Presenta, and Caso Cerrado in 2011, Timoteo’s career prospered.

Timoteo hasn’t released an album since 2010 but he keeps his passion alive. The singer has continued to perform, even during the Covid pandemic. He has high hopes for future success and original releases, choosing to not slow down from his destined musical journey.

“If God is with me, who can be against me? It may not happen in a quick period of time, but God will make my enemies my footstool,” he said.

“I’ve continued to be successful and do some of the things I want to do; maybe not in a particular way or in particular events, but I live in a very happy and fulfilled existence.”

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Exclusive: Luis Fonsi Talks Working with Rauw Alejandro, Christina Aguilera, and Demi Lovato

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Luis Fonsi is kicking off 2021 with a new single. The Puerto Rican superstar premiered the music video for “Vacío” on Feb. 18 featuring rising Boricua singer Rauw Alejandro. The guys put a new spin on the classic “A Puro Dolor” by Son By Four.

Luis Fonsi throws it back to his románticas.

“I called Omar Alfanno, the writer of ‘A Puro Dolo,’ who is a dear friend,” Fonsi tells Latido Music. “I told him what my idea was [with ‘Vacío’] and he loved it. He gave me his blessing, so I wrote a new song around a few of those lines from ‘A Puro Dolor’ to bring back that nostalgia of those old romantic tunes that have been a part of my career as well. It’s a fresh production. It sounds like today, but it has that DNA of a true, old-school ballad.”

The world got to know Luis Fonsi through his global smash hit “Despacito” with Daddy Yankee in 2017. The remix with Canadian pop star Justin Bieber took the song to new heights. That was a big moment in Fonsi’s music career that spans over 20 years.

There’s more to Fonsi than “Despacito.”

Fonsi released his first album, the fittingly-titled Comenzaré, in 1998. While he was on the come-up, he got the opportunity of a lifetime to feature on Christina Aguilera’s debut Latin album Mi Reflejo in 2000. The two collaborated on “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” Luis Fonsi scored multiple Billboard Hot Latin Songs No. 1s in the years that followed and one of the biggest hits was “No Me Doy Por Vencido” in 2008. That was his career-defining romantic ballad.

“Despacito” remains the second most-viewed music video on YouTube with over 7.2 billion views. The hits did not stop there. Later in 2017, he teamed up with Demi Lovato for “Échame La Culpa,” which sits impressively with over 2 billion views.

He’s also appearing on The Voice next month.

Not only is Fonsi working on his new album, but also he’s giving advice to music hopefuls for the new season of The Voice that’s premiering on March 1. Kelly Clarkson tapped him as her Battle Advisor. In an exclusive interview, Fonsi talked with us about “Vacío,” The Voice, and a few of his greatest hits.

What was the experience like to work with Rauw Alejandro for “Vacío”?

Rauw is cool. He’s got that fresh sound. Great artist. Very talented. Amazing onstage. He’s got that great tone and delivery. I thought he had the perfect voice to fit with my voice in this song. We had talked about working together for awhile and I thought that this was the perfect song. He really is such a star. What he’s done in the last couple of years has been amazing. I love what he brought to the table on this song.

Now I want to go through some of your greatest hits. Do you remember working with Christina Aguilera for her Spanish album?

How could you not remember working with her? She’s amazing. That was awhile back. That was like 1999 or something like that. We were both starting out and she was putting out her first Spanish album. I got to sing a beautiful ballad called “Si No Te Hubiera Conocido.” I got to work with her in the studio and see her sing in front of the mic, which was awesome. She’s great. One of the best voices out there still to this day.

What’s one of your favorite memories of “No Me Doy Por Vencido”?

“No Me Doy Por Vencido” is one of the biggest songs in my career. I think it’s tough to narrow it down just to one memory. I think in general the message of the song is what sticks with me. The song started out as a love song, but it turned into an anthem of hope. We’ve used the song for different important events and campaigns. To me, that song has such a powerful message. It’s bigger than just a love song. It’s bringing hope to people. It’s about not giving up. To be able to kind of give [people] hope through a song is a lot more powerful than I would’ve ever imagined. It’s a very special song.

I feel the message is very relevant to the COVID-19 pandemic we’re living through.

Oh yeah! I wrote that song a long time ago with Claudia Brant, and during the first or second month of the lockdown when we were all stuck at home, we did a virtual writing session and we rewrote “No Me Doy Por Vencido.” Changing the lyrics, kind of adjusting them to this situation that we’re living now. I haven’t recorded it. I’ll do something with it eventually. It’s really cool. It still talks about love. It talks about reuniting. Like the light at the end of the tunnel. It has the hope and love backbone, but it has to do a lot with what we’re going through now.

What do you think of the impact “Despacito” made on the industry?

It’s a blessing to be a part of something so big. Again, it’s just another song. We write these songs and the moment you write them, you don’t really know what’s going to happen with them. Or sometimes you run into these surprises like “Despacito” where it becomes a global phenomenon. It goes No. 1 in places where Spanish songs had never been played. I’m proud. I’m blessed. I’m grateful to have worked with amazing people like Daddy Yankee. Like Justin Bieber for the remix and everyone else involved in the song. My co-writer Erika Ender. The producers Mauricio Rengifo and Andrés Torres. It was really a team effort and it’s a song that obviously changed my career forever.

What was the experience like to work with Demi Lovato on “Echáme La Culpa”?

She’s awesome! One of the coolest recording sessions I’ve ever been a part of. She really wanted to sing in Spanish and she was so excited. We did the song in Spanish and English, but it was like she was more excited about the Spanish version. And she nailed it! She nailed it from the beginning. There was really not much for me to say to her. I probably corrected her once or twice in the pronunciation, but she came prepared and she brought it. She’s an amazing, amazing, amazing vocalist.

You’re going to be a battle advisor on The Voice. What was the experience like to work with Kelly Clarkson?

She’s awesome. What you see is what you get. She’s honest. She’s funny. She’s talented. She’s humble and she’s been very supportive of my career. She invited me to her show and it speaks a lot that she wanted me to be a part of her team as a Battle Advisor for the new season. She supports Latin music and I’m grateful for that. She’s everything you hope she would be. She’s the real deal, a true star, and just one of the coolest people on this planet.

What can we expect from you in 2021?

A lot of new music. Obviously, everything starts today with “Vacío.” This is literally the beginning of what this new album will be. I’ve done nothing but write and record during the last 10 months, so I have a bunch of songs. Great collaborations coming up. I really think the album will be out probably [in the] third or fourth quarter this year. The songs are there and I’m really eager for everybody to hear them.

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