Jewish Fitness Bloggers That Will Put A Spring In Your Step

by | Mar 20, 2018 | Entertainment, Fun, Hillel Ontario | 0 comments

As written in the Torah, “When keeping the body in health and vigor, one walks in the way of God.” (Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Deot 4:1). Even Maimonides says that working out and keeping your body in good shape is a way of honouring the physical form and life that we have been given! As we head into Spring, here is a list of five Jewish fitness and health bloggers, which will help you stay motivated to treat your body with respect.

 

@bettersorethansorryy

Raquel and Zoe are two fit kinesiology students, who have found their own way to deal with university stress: workouts. Motivating each other, the fitness duo are hardly ever spotted without one another. Their instagram account offers beautiful inspiration for healthy food bowls, great gyms all over the city, and fun workouts. On @bettersorethansorryy, Raquel and Zoe share their love for good food, yoga, spinning, twinning, and many other fitness related topics.

© bettersorethansorryy


@ihartnutrition

This blog is not just focused on fitness. Jordana Hart, the curator behind @ihartnutrition, is a professional nutritionist with an interest in fitness and lifestyle. Her motto is “Everything in moderation”, so if you ask her, wine and chocolates are allowed too, as long as you don’t overdo it. Check out her blog at www.ihartnutrition.com for deliciously colorful and easy recipes and don’t forget to follow her on Instagram to make sure you don’t miss her most recent posts and fun giveaways.

© ihartnutrition



@kale_and_krunches

Marlie Cohen, the winner of the best ClassPass Instructor of 2017, is the fitness guru behind @kale_and_krunches. This is the perfect blog if you are looking for motivation to live healthily. Her blog posts reach from grocery tips, to nutritious recipes, to work out advice. But that’s not all Marlie writes about. She also shares her thoughts on style, interior design, and beauty. If you want to read more about Marlie Cohen, go to www.kaleandkrunches.com and follow her on Instagram.

© kale_and_krunches

 

@nfitness2017

Noah Schwartz, the fitness trainer who‘s behind @nfitness2017, is a firm believer in “perform – transform – sustain”. With that as his motto, his Instagram profile offers great exercise inspiration. But the Instagram page is just a little sneak peek into his real world. Noah is a hardcore fitness trainer, offering bootcamp classes and HITT training. It’s his goal to “make healthy fun again” as he is convinced that fitness is medicine. If you are looking for some serious workout motivation, or to intensify your workout routine, follow @nfitness2017.

© nfitness2017

 

@sweatandthesix

This Toronto based Instagram account is curated by Elinor and Sarah, two women who will convince you that working out can actually be fun, especially if you’re doing it with a partner. With a variety of different aesthetically pleasing photos, you won’t have to worry that @sweatandthesix will flood your Instagram feed with only workout posts. Their posts include inspirational quotes, health, lifestyle, fitness, food, and beauty related content.

©sweatinthesix

Something New

Something New

The fall post-holiday period is always a good time for launching new things. To the extent we’re not completely exhausted, our five-day work weeks are back (instead of five days of work crammed into three-day weeks), and we’re able to get into something of a rhythm and build momentum in moving toward specific goals.

Adding to the sense of newness and adventure, the third post-holidays Torah portion of Lekh Lekha, which was read this past Shabbat, begins with Abraham receiving divine instructions to leave his home and begin a journey to a new land.  Commentators highlight the uncertainty inherent in the command’s wording: instead of being directed to a specific place, Abraham, at least initially, is told to go “to the land that I will show you,” a vague and undisclosed destination. While he is promised blessings galore for his obedience, setting out requires an element of faith and quite a bit of trust as he leaves his home land and father’s house for somewhere new.

While it’s certainly several orders of magnitude smaller than the journey Abraham undertook, Hillel Ontario is trying something new this week: we’re introducing a new section to our regular newsletters and will be including a d’var Torah to showcase our students’ and staff’s skills and present our readers with a bit of Jewish learning. We hope you’ll find these commentaries inspiring and meaningful and that they’ll provide a glimpse of the Hillel Ontario community that spans our nine campuses.

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

A Message from Hillel Ontario’s Student Presidents

Dear students, parents, supporters, and other members of the Ontario Jewish community,

We are writing to you as the Hillel presidents representing nine universities across Ontario. 

We are often asked what it’s like to be a Jewish student on campus. And, in previous years, we would have taken a more upbeat approach to answering that question. The truth is that things have changed over the past 5 months.

Prior to this spring’s war in Israel, we had never experienced the level of vitriol and backlash that we did recently. We were caught off guard. Many Jewish students lost friendships and severed connections that had been created over many years. Our mental health was stretched to the limit; we have felt burnt out, isolated and anxious.  Even now, with autumn upon us, we are still feeling the exhausting effects of a summer spent advocating for the well-being of our fellow Jewish students. 

Walking back onto campus this week, it was difficult to see some students obviously (and understandably) anxious – both because of the pandemic, and because of the antisemitism Jewish students have experienced over the past several months. At the same time, we also feel more empowered than ever to proclaim pride in our Jewish identity, bolstered by the tremendous support we have felt from across the community.  

Whether you are a first year student, a parent, a sibling, an alum, or simply a member of the community concerned about what seems like an endless barrage of attacks aimed at Jewish students on campus, we want to assure you that as Hillel presidents, we are deeply committed to our roles and responsibilities. We hear your concerns. And, we are proud to serve the current and future Jewish students we support.  

We are working to build relationships with student governments, clubs, interfaith groups, faculty, and administrators on each of our campuses. We continue to empower our peers to learn, to educate, and to advocate for the issues close to our hearts. And, we continue to provide a safe and welcoming community for Jewish students, both on and off campus. 

We also seek to increase resources and staff available to our students so that no one feels unsupported or ill-prepared. We want Jewish students to feel like they can be their entire selves without having to hide a Magen David or avoid conversations about Judaism, Zionism or Israel. 

As we move into a new Jewish year and a new school year, we wish we could say with more certainty exactly what is to come in the next few months. However, it would be naive to do so. Instead, we would like to take this opportunity to commit to you that we will continue to have challenging, but necessary, dialogue with allies across campus. We will continue to support our peers when they feel uncomfortable. And, we will continue to ask for help when we need it. 

Time and time again, our collective history has proven that in a proud, empowered, and united community there is strength, and that from one another we can draw resilience. 

L’shana Haba on quieter, more inclusive campuses. 

Ariel Oren, Guelph Hillel
Evan Kanter, Hillel Student Leader Representative, Hillel UofT
Nathaniel Katz, Queen’s Hillel
Shira Miller, Hillel Laurier
Danielle Lebowitz, Hillel Waterloo
Hannah Silverman, McMaster Hillel
Jordan Goldenberg, Hillel Ryerson
Isabel Borisov, Western Hillel
Nicole Bodenstein, York Hillel

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