The 10 Essential Subreddits for Health-Minded People
These forums have the answers to your fitness and nutrition questions.
Whether you are a dedicated gym rat or a casual yoga fan, you can get more out of your exercising with a little help from Reddit’s 1.66 billion users.
The site has a subreddit for every conceivable interest, including plenty of health-focused ones for those looking to raise the bar on their workouts—weightlifting or otherwise.
Like everything else on the internet, it’s wise to take these members’ tips with a pinch of skepticism, even if they claim to be a doctor or trainer. But chances are that a visit to one of these subreddits will give you some new ideas or creative approaches to your diet and exercise. Thinking about consulting your doctor first? Take a look at The 10 Secrets for Maximizing Any Doctor’s Visit before stepping into your appointment.
This forum is a great option no matter what your fitness interests. It includes “megathreads” of healthy recipes, tips on the best workout clothing and gear, as well as instructional videos, and even music tips for working out. It also features daily threads, such as Moronic Mondays (for “your weekly stupid questions”), Gym Story Saturdays, and Rant Wednesdays (when something really bugs you about your exercising). If you’re in the market for some more fit #inspo, consider these 10 Staggering Fitness Feats to Inspire Your Own Fitness.
Like its name implies, this one is all about what foods to eat and how to eat them in order to get and stay healthy. Some popular recent threads are “Is sugar in fruit actually better for you?” and “HELP! I’m always hungry.” It includes features such as a chart of Food Item Nutrition Data, a general nutrition guide, and a number of recipe roundups—including a winter recipe calendar, monthly keto recipes, and vegan recipes. And if you need an energy boost, check out the 30 Best Foods for Maximizing Your Energy Levels.
This subreddit covers similar ground as r/HealthyFood but delves a little deeper into the specific results of eating (or not eating) particular ingredients. It offers a helpful roundup of nutrition books, YouTube videos, and podcasts where users can learn more about what they should and shouldn’t be eating, plus a page of common recipes with nutrition information for each. It runs weekly diet evaluations where users can post what they are eating and their fellow users can weigh in and offer tips and suggestions.
If you’re looking to cut back on your calories and your spending, this is a great spot to visit. They have an almost endless stream of simple, cheap, and healthy recipes, as well as weekly features like “Meatless Monday,” “Leftover Thursdays,” and “Soupy Saturday.” You can get a free nutritional analysis of your recipes, learn how to feed a family of four for a week on $26, and get a handy chart of when the best times are to eat various fruits and vegetables. And for more great healthy living advice, here’s The Single Best Way to Boost Your Metabolism Every Day.
For those most concerned with losing weight, this is just the community you are looking for. Users share their stories of trying to change their habits or shed a few (or few hundred) pounds, while other members chime in with encouragement for “Scale Victories,” “Major Milestones,” and “Progress Updates” (usually accompanied by then/now photos…who doesn’t love then/now photos? Recurring threads include “Weigh-In Wednesday” and “Tantrum Tuesday” and this subreddit even has its own running club.
This is the place for those looking to gain weight—or at least bulk up, following the StrongLifts workouts on their app. Members share their success stories and upload “form-check” videos of themselves performing the routines, getting feedback from other members on how they’re looking. It includes a roundup of helpful training videos and other tips. Still dreading the gym? Check out 11 Ways Smart People Motivate Themselves to Go to the Gym for extra inspiration.
If you want before/after pics and only before/after pics, this is where to head. Users who are working to lose weight, bulk up their muscles, or tighten up every part of their body head here to show off how far they’ve come. Users post their essential stats (sex/age/height) plus the weight they’ve dropped and how long it took them.
Short for “Couch to 5k,” this forum offers a place for beginning runners to learn and share their experiences trying to practice the C25K Running Plan—a nine-week program aimed at getting newbie runners from having zero training experience to running a 5K without stopping. Users share what week and workout they are on, share stories of success and stumbles, and generally try to help each other get comfortable running a 5k.
For those who would rather avoid weight sets and kettle bells, this forum provides workout tips and routines for bodyweight exercises—equipment-free (or almost free) exercises such as pushups, pullups, squats, and more. Users share their experiences and can review a helpful “Technique and Form” discussion page, follow a training guide, or learn how to build their own equipment. This is an ideal option for those looking to workout, without having to drop hundreds of dollars on a gym membership.
The link between mental health and physical health is undeniable, and this subreddit aims to offer support and assistance to those suffering from depression, offering exercise tips and a place for users to share posts about their efforts and snags they hit. While it’s careful to stress “r/EOOD is not a replacement for your doctor!,” it does serve as a helpful place for those seeking non-pharmaceutical ways to work through mental health problems. And for extra motivation, read about How These Famous Men Conquered Depression and Found Happiness.
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