10 Must-Follow Body Positive Instagram Accounts

I woke up the other morning, put on a sports bra, and peeled off my thermal top. But I kept my pajama bottoms on. I wanted to get in a workout before the kids woke up, and after tying my hair up, I was ready to go. With the push of a button, the app on my phone guided me through a quick, sweat-session and it was glorious.
I love working up a good sweat, but what gives me even more motivation is seeing women who keep it real and give usall the inspiration we need to unapologetically be ourselves. No one needs to see perfect poses where flaws are hidden, because lets face it, we all have them.

I have cellulite in my ass, and Ill always have a little belly no matter what I do thats just life, and we need to see more realness and encouragement, and less of the perfect bodies (that really arent a thing) on our screens that make us think we will never measure up.
Here are the 10 Instagram accounts to follow if you are looking to get motivated, inspired, and empowered:
1. Bender Fitness

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I made a conscious effort to change the story I was telling myself. Instead of look how much you suck now I started thinking, You are making a great choice to improve your health and fitness. If you keep this up you are going to see great improvements in your speed and endurance. Have you ever found yourself in a negative cycle of self talk? When I catch myself in this cycle these are the techniques I use to change my thought process. Stopping the Comparison Game: 5 Ways to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others: http://www.benderfitness.com/2018/01/stopping-the-comparison-game-5-ways-to-stop-comparing-yourself-to-others.html #benderfitness #healthyliving #positivity #selftalk #selfkindness #stopcomparing
A post shared by Melissa Bender (@benderfitness) on Jan 20, 2018 at 1:02pm PST

Melissa has been my go-to for three years. Shes a mother, shares recipes, and her workouts are effective and dynamic. Her messages are incredibly empowering and she includes all fitness levels in her workouts.
2. Ashley Graham

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Squattin it out with the @communityofunity ladies! #strongertogether
A post shared by A S H L E Y G R A H A M (@ashleygraham) on Jan 3, 2018 at 2:34pm PST

Ashley doesnt post solely about workouts, but when she does, its so inspiring. She shows women you can be healthy, fit, and hot as hell at any size and we love her for it.

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3. Hannah Bronfoman

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First day back at the gym like wait, what am I doing? Seriously though, after 6 weeks of being on the road and not working out to my ability (getting a sweat in here and there) has left me feeling a bit out of shape you may not think I look out of shape but I can hardly do the things I was doing before hitting the road. I have a lot of progress to make and instead of being bummed out because I feel a bit on the weaker side its just more fuel to my fire and motivates me to get back at it!!!! WE GOT WORK TO DO!! @hbfit
A post shared by Hannah Fallis Bronfman (@hannahbronfman) on Jan 16, 2018 at 7:21am PST

I adore Hannahbecause her posts arent just fitness-driven, but they show women what true self-care looks like. She goes out and does amazing things with the energy she has, eats healthy food, and lives life to its fullest.
4. Fat Girl Flow

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MY FIRST #FATKINI OF THE YEAR!!! Ugh getting this @gabifresh X @swimsuitsforall in the mail made it feel a little less gloomy outside and made my sunshiney heart feel SO READY FOR THE BEACH!!!! They extended the size range to 26 this year and it fits me perfectly new vid on YouTube where I try it on and talk about it more EEP SO MANY SUMMER TIME FEELS!!! #plussize #bikini #psootd #psblogger #plussizemodel
A post shared by Corissa Enneking (@fatgirlflow) on Feb 6, 2018 at 3:03pm PST

Carissa Ennekingposts badass pictures of herself wearing all the things. She shows women of all sizes they are not confined to a box they are free to look and feel beautiful in bathing suits, lingerie, and sexy little dresses. She is a stunningly beautiful, positive woman, inside and out.
5. Busy Mom Gets Fit

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This was not a year of fitness goals for me I just wanted to maximize my time, get in 3-5 solid lifts a week and stay fit. Feeling successful in that . #fitforlife #busymomgetsfit
A post shared by @ busymomgetsfit on Dec 20, 2017 at 7:20am PST

Val has 4 boys and has made it her mission to help other women get fit. She posts daily inspiration, and I love her memes. She reminds all women we are in this together and the importance of cheering for each other.
6. Jamie Eason-Middleton

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Trying to film a video for my up coming Diet Bet group and my husband thinks he’s funny! @supermanm3 Please check out the link in my bio for details! #dietbetjamieeason #dietbet #crabtoetouches #reebok
A post shared by Jamie Eason Middleton (@jamieeasonmiddleton) on Oct 19, 2017 at 12:03pm PDT

Jamie Eason-Middleton is a fitness blogger with two kids, and tons of experience. I love her honesty about how it can be difficult to combine fitness and motherhood. Ive been following her for over three years now, and she was the one who made me decide it was time to get in the best shape of my life.
7. Jessamyn

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I fell in love with the high quality + stylish @JCPenney athletic wear that I wore during the #HereIAm shoot- the shorts, leggings, and tops made me feel very strong, sexy, and confident. However, we rarely see fat bodied athletes wearing revealing clothing. I think its because were expected to hide our bodies beneath layers of fabric. However, feeling good about ourselves should be a universal value- and what better way to manifest self-love than by wearing the clothes we actually WANT to wear, instead of the clothes were expected to wear? Regardless of body shape or size, were all meant to live our best lives right now, at this exact moment. But lets face it- confidence can be hard to maintain in the face of opposition. It may not come easy, but confidence is more worthwhile than almost anything else in this world. I maintain confidence by reminding myself that I am meant to be unique- and the unexpected bits of my body and personality are the best parts. How do you maintain confidence? #sponsored
A post shared by Jessamyn (@mynameisjessamyn) on Jan 26, 2018 at 2:13pm PST

Jessamynis one of my favorite kickass women who makes me believe I can do really hard fucking things. Look how she nails this pose. In this post, she talks about how being a certain shape or size or shape might make you feel like you are supposed to hide behind your clothes, and shes not having it. Its about loving yourself enough to wear what you want no matter what that is, and its a message we need to hear more of.

8. Alison Kimmey

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My body used to consume my mind. Now my soul consumes my body. I had to stop equating thinness with happiness, because after a decade of chasing skinny I never caught up to happy. And when I stopped pressuring my body to be a certain size, and let go of obsessively controlling every behavior around food and exercise my body decided to do something I had desperately tried to avoid for years- she got bigger. I guess the world just needed more of me. Just do you babes! Xoxo Allie
A post shared by ALLIE Just Do You, Babe! (@allisonkimmey) on Feb 20, 2018 at 5:25pm PST

This message from Allison Kimmelis incredibly powerful. The before shot when she was chasingskinny’ she talks about the unhappiness that comes with that. Shes right we need to be chasing happy, and our body size should not be the deciding factor by any means.
9. Emily Skye

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Physically speaking I will never be the same (which isnt a bad thing) and Im making the most of what Ive got. Ive still got loose skin on my belly but my abs are beginning to make a comeback which shows me that what Im doing is working (following my FIT Program)! . Some people misunderstand my reasons for living a fit and active lifestyle and think its selfish because Im now a mum. Being fit, strong and healthy is important to me mainly because of how it makes me feel. And if I feel good Im happy, and Im a much better mum to my daughter Mia and a better partner to my man Dec and so on. I also like being strong for myself because I like it and I love the look of a strong physique! My focus is always on being healthy but I like to look good too and theres absolutely nothing wrong with wanting to look good!! Im not sure why there seems to be a stigma attached to wanting to look good. As long as Im not ever sacrificing my health to look a certain way and as long as it doesnt negatively affect my family I dont see anything wrong with it in fact I see everything RIGHT with it! . Do what makes you happy regardless of what anyone else thinks as long as it doesnt directly hurt anybody. These are words I live by and what Ill instil in my daughter. The last thing I want is for her to live to please others (like I used to) there is a difference between showing love and doing nice things for people and trying to constantly please others at the expense of your own happiness. . This lifestyle makes me happy so Im going to keep living it and I encourage you to live a life that makes you happy too. . What makes you happy, and are you doing it? . . #2monthspostpartum #fitmum #emilyskye #postpartum
A post shared by EMILY SKYE (@emilyskyefit) on Feb 20, 2018 at 6:53am PST

Emily Skyeis a fit mom who isnt afraid to put it all out there and own her reasons for continuing to exercise. She also shows before and after pictures that are very real, and its so refreshing to see someone who lives a healthy lifestyle show us the reality of how having a child changes your body, no matter what your lifestyle is, and the idea to get back into your pre-baby self should only be done if it makes you happy.
10. Summers VonHesse

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My kids are back in Nevada with my hubs, who is amazing for stepping up to take care of everything when I go on trips. He takes care of the kids, the animals, the laundry. I feel very fortunate to have such a supportive partner. I spent like 6 years doing nothing but waiting on everyone else’s needs hand and foot, trying to fit myself into this textbook perfect mom and wife role that was killing me. It sucked the joy from my spirit. Turns out that perfect mom and wife dosnt exist. There are happy and unhappy women tho and I discovered I had to quit trying to be something I wasn’t if I was going to be happy. I can be this amazing free spirited animal and still bake a fuckin cake. My kids have an awesome life. Moral of the story here is never loose yourself in someone else’s needs. Wether it’s your kids, your spouse, your family.it is so important that you honor those things in you that bring you joy.
A post shared by Summers VonHesse (@summers.vonhesse) on Jan 19, 2018 at 7:17am PST

Summers Von Hesseis a mother who talks about self-care and the importance of taking time for yourself. In every picture, its clear to see shes living her best life, taking care of herself, and remembering her happiness does not depend on what others think of her.

Whatever your goals are, the key is to love yourself. If you want to feel the burn without an audience, or see real women willing to show your their whole self without filters and poses to hide their hips or thighs, these ladies deliver. They all offer something different, so youre sure to find one you connect with.
Be ready, you are going to get addicted these women will teach you how to be cool with who you are, no matter your size or shape, and really, I dont know a woman out there who hasnt tried to grasp that one time or another.