The 10 Best Designed Fitness And Health Blogs … Enjoy!
If you’re a regular reader then you may have noticed a “few” changes on this blog. As a web designer I’m never really happy (or done) with a design, especially one of my own. Design is always changing and improving and if you don’t keep up you get, well, left behind. And that goes for fitness blogs as well.
One thing that many artists do is draw inspiration from other artists. It’s kind of like talking with your buddy about what workout or diet he is doing. It’s interesting to get the viewpoints and opinions of your peers. You get to see what is working (or not working) for them and this sparks ideas. Fitness and health blogs are really not much different.
Best Fitness and Health Blogs (design)
Here are a few sites that I found that I liked … in no particular order. The best part is that these are all VERY good blogs and worth checking out, if you haven’t already.
Also, I’ve prepared a little something different today. To be completely fair to these guys, their sites aren’t going to look as intended in gray scale. However, after about 100 fitness articles ALL done in black and white I am not about to break that streak!
If you click on the screen shot of their site you can see them in all their glory … yes, in color.
#1 – Zen to Fitness
What I love about this blog is the simplicity. A simple and clean site can often be harder to design than one with more going on. Getting a blog to look “designed” and clean is not always easy.
Quote From Zen to Fitness –
“Zen to Fitness is an online magazine supplying free weekly articles on Health and Fitness that can be read in under 5 minutes. The focus is a quality design/content and the site is ad-free.”
Link to site: http://zentofitness.com
#2 Sodium Girl
Sodium Girl is actually one of my favorites. I think the logo is great and I love the use of different fonts … it gets old seeing Arial on every site!
Quote from Sodium Girl –
“With a few years of salt-free cooking, eating, and living under my belt, I started this blog to give others a jump start in their own journey.”
Link to site: http://www.sodiumgirl.com
This is a very well design fitness blog. Of course, my favorite feature is the category drop downs from Fitness, Health, Happiness and A-Z Guide.
Quote from Greatist –
“Everyone has a choice to be more fit, healthy, and happy. And though our goals and ambitions are often similar, each person is unique, every story different. A greatist is someone who chooses better to improve their fitness, health, and happiness.”
Link to site: http://greatist.com
#4 Nerd Fitness
Nerd Fitness rules! 🙂 Really, it is a great site with a fun feel. Not only does it look great on your desktop, the blog is responsive so the entire site scales down to fit your iPad and/or phone — well, mostly anyway.
Quote from Nerd Fitness –
“My goal is to inspire the Hell out of you to make positive changes and live a better life. I want to educate you on how to work out properly, cook a decent meal, and consistently improve your health and well being.”
Link to site: http://www.nerdfitness.com
#5 Fat Smack
If you haven’t seen Fat Smack, you’ve got to check out the video on their site. It’s quite disturbing! This blog has a fun/light feel with bright and lively colors; not something you see on a fitness blog too often.
Quote from Fat Smak –
“Just one sugar-sweetened beverage a day can seriously impact your health. And because drinking calories rarely satisfies your appetite, it’s easy to get more calories than your body really needs.”
Link to site: http://fatsmack.org
#6 New York Times
For a blog with well over 7,000 fitness and health related articles, the New York Times does a great job of fitting it all in. Although it’s a little more cluttered than I prefer, they do have a ton of information to offer.
Quote from New York Times –
??? I didn’t really find one solid quote to grab from the site. I mean, come on, it’s the New York Times! Their site covers just about all of it.
Link to site: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com
#7 Crude Fitness
Crude Fitness is another very well designed blog. It boasts a solid layout with a neutral color palette along with some nice looking highlights. This is not a big surprise considering that Clint (author/owner) is also a web designer!
Quote from Crude Fitness –
“This site is an on-going informational resource which will be experience based and will aim to debunk some of the myths currently floating around.”
Link to site: http://crudefitness.com
#8 JCD Fitness
From the second web designer on this list, JCD has put together an awesome site. Not only does the site scale down to fit your handheld, it packs a ton of great information.
Quote from JCD Fitness –
“JCDFitness is much more than your general fitness tips website. I learned long ago that if I ever wanted to make an impact, you must choose to be different. I had to do what others weren’t doing, or possibly even afraid of doing.”
Link to site: http://jcdfitness.com
#9 Freaking Fitness
Freaking Fitness just makes me want to go to the beach! As soon as I found this site, I remembered one of the reasons we all want to be fit … so we can go to the beach and play. Well designed blog that delivers it’s content simply and easily.
Quote from Freaking Fitness –
“Freaking Fitness is all about living healthy and having a blast in the process … The hope is to build a fun community, lasting relationships and share ideas and information.”
Link to site: http://freakingfitness.com
#10 Nia Shanks
Nia is one tough girl (world record holder) and her site backs that up. The design puts off a strong but somewhat feminine feel. With a good mixture of strong and bold fonts combined with a more refined cursive font, Nia’s site was obviously put together with her in mind.
Quote from Nia Shanks –
“Nia Shanks is a writer, personal trainer … Her goal is to help as many individuals as possible achieve their body composition and performance goals …”
Link to site: http://www.niashanks.com
I’ve got a few other fitness and health blogs that I like to read. Unfortunately, a few of those didn’t quite make the cut for the best designed blogs on the web. 🙁
George Super Boot Camps
June 8, 2012 @ 11:34 am
I’m pretty jealous of you guys who know what they’re doing with design. Not only do I have very little idea about how to do design, more importantly I don’t a clue about what looks good or bad. Beyond usability, I don’t really notice the design of a website, so when it comes to changing the design of my site I feel stumped every time.
Fortunately my fiance is a graphic designer, but is so damn busy (see doodlelove.etsy.com to see why) that I can hardly ever get her to work for me! I guess it’s also a factor for her that when I ask her to do something for me, like a banner for instance, and she says ‘so what do you want it to look like?’ My response is ‘I’ve no idea, just something nice’. Which is slightly less than useless! But it’s also true, I genuinely have no concept of what I want things to look like. It’s a bit weird, I guess….
Nevertheless, my blog looks ok at the moment, and will probably evolve ever so slowly.
Keep up the good (design!) work,
June 8, 2012 @ 11:47 am
Your site is one of those sites that I do like … but it didn’t quite make the cut for “best” design.
I’m thinking about maybe doing a list of blogs I read with the “worst” design but I don’t think you’d make that list either! 🙂
Your site actually looks pretty darn good and certainly better/easier to read and navigate than a lot of others out there.
George Super BootCamps
June 8, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
Aww, shucks thanks for your kind words Kevin.
One thing I am aware of is navigation. It can be quite hard to get all your blog posts catalogued in a way that makes it easy for your peeps to read. Funny really, as this is one of the things that blogs are supposed to be good at!
Clint - Crude Fitness
June 11, 2012 @ 7:42 pm
I just noticed this list Kevin, thanks for the include!
June 11, 2012 @ 9:25 pm
You bet Clint, nice job on the site!
September 14, 2012 @ 10:00 am
Nice article there Kevin, ive been using the examples to try and create my own website too. Once ive finished I’l let you know the website address so you can then check it out and who knows it could add to the list! (wishful thinking 🙂 )
October 12, 2012 @ 5:49 pm
Right on Stuart! Looking forward to checking it out.