Celebrate Your Way This New Year
If you’re fed up of the traditional New Year Resolutions, it’s important to know it’s not you -it’s them! Creating goals for the months ahead that feel right and that excite you is the key to success. Get inspired with these top fitness, wellbeing and travel social media influencers who are doing things their way.
Cassey Ho is an award-winning fitness instructor who launched Blogilates back in 2009 as a way toshare videos via YouTube with her pilates students. Fast forward to now and Blogilates is the number one female fitness channel on YouTube where it has 4.72m followers –Blogilates is also incredibly popular on Instagram, where it has a global reach of 1.5 million followers. Cassey’s focus on making fitness fun (and colourful –she loves to share emojis following tough sections of her workouts!) has led to millions of people achieving their strength, flexibility and weight loss goals. Her unique format POP Pilates started as a workout video and has now become a live fitness class that can be taken at gyms all over the world via 3,000 classes that are taught monthly.
Mariam Ezzeddine is the talented lady behind CookinWithMima who taught herself how to cook so she could taste again those much-loved flavours that were created by her mother, aunt and grandmother when she was growing up. She prides herself on creating easy, delicious healthy eating recipes and has amassed an Instagram following of 2.3 million. The uniqueness of her recipes enables people from different cultures to be able to cook and prepare for themselves that one recipe that they really liked when they were back at home. She recognises that not all of us have been taught how to cook and it’s this that motivates Mariam to help as many people as possible to learn to cook with confidence.
Zach King–‘Digital magician’
Zach is a social media sensation –he’s a filmmaker that’s amassed an eye-watering 21.3 million Instagram following. Zach and his videos are also infamous on YouTube, where he has 4.3m subscribers. Zach’s best known for his short, clever videos that are digitally edited to look as if he’s doing magic. His aim is to add a little more magic to our day and he’s certainly achieving that. The ‘digital magician’ as he is known on YouTube started creating videos for his family from the age of 7 when his parents first handed him a video camera. One of his most ambitious videos, Jedi Kittens, was viewed over a million times in less than 24 hours. Check him out!
The Bucket List Family–Travel influencers
Family Gee are well-known around the world since they sold everything, upped and left their home and set off to travel to pastures new. In 2015, before they took off, the family created a short bucket list –they wanted to swim with whales and live like locals in a number of different countries. The Bucket List Family was born as a result and their list of what they want to do continues to grow. This enormously likeable US family have 1.9m captivated Instagram followers and 856,000 YouTube subscribers. They don’t feel there has to be a bucket list at all, however –the secret they tell us is to live your life with purpose and recognise that there are unique experiences waiting to be had each and every day. We couldn’t agree more.
Murad Osmann–Travel influencer
Best known for his highly recognisable #followmetoproject where his wife Nataly Zakharova leads him by the hand around the world, Murad is a Forbes top travel influencer. The couple went viral by accident after Murad posted an Instagram shot of then-girlfriend Nataly leading him by the hand through the streets of Barcelona in 2011. Murad now has 4.1 million Instagram followers and the #followmeto images he creates have been exhibited in Times Square and Art Basel. He says every photo has a story and a lot of research goes into each one. It’s a passion project for the couple that will continue to inspire and encourage more people to travel.