This week’s Healthy Her Way feature needs no introduction—but we’re going to try our best to put into words just how incredible this woman truly is. With 1.3 million followers (and counting) on Instagram, Kelsey Wells definitely knows how to inspire and empower people across the world—and we can’t help but fangirl over this talented mama. When our editorial team first sat down at HealthyWay HQ to discuss who our biggest sources of motivation were in the fitness scene, one name was spoken by almost every single woman in the room. “Kelsey Wells! I follow her workouts all the time!” and “I love her posts on Instagram, she keeps it so real!” were some of the excited comments shared amongst our team. One can’t help but wonder if Kelsey ever envisioned just how much her postpartum fitness journey would motivate people she’s never met. But that’s exactly what has transpired since Kelsey began to share her story just a few years ago. Shortly after giving birth to her son, Anderson, about four years ago, Kelsey’s doctor recommended exercise to help her combat postpartum anxiety. Prior to this point in time, proper nutrition and regular exercise were not priorities in Kelsey’s daily life, but she knew she needed to make changes in order to learn to love herself again and appreciate her body. In an Instagram post, Kelsey shared that she struggled with her fitness journey at first and fell off track a few times (it happens to the best of us), but she didn’t let that stop her hustle. “There is no secret to my transformation. There is simply four years of hard work and consistency. Of trying and failing and learning and pushing forward. You don’t need hours in a gym or extreme diets. You need a healthy mindset and to never give up on yourself,” she wrote. Kelsey’s message of perseverance and self-love is so important, and we admire how she uses her platform to share these motivational messages with those who may need to hear these words the most. With her family, friends, and husband Ryan in her corner, Kelsey has created an extremely supportive community of women who want to prioritize exercise and a positive mindset in their daily lives. As a SWEAT trainer and the creator of the PWR workout programs, Kelsey provides something for everyone, regardless of where you are on your fitness journey. She even has crafted workouts for fellow mothers in all stages of pregnancy and postpartum fitness. The more we get to know the woman behind the workouts, the more we’re in awe of all that Kelsey has accomplished in such a short amount of time. We couldn’t be more honored to share this feature with our readers and can’t wait to see what else Kelsey will accomplish in the years to come.
A Day in the Life
What does your daily routine look like?
Anderson wakes me up at 6 a.m. ready to start the day. He’s the best alarm clock. Then meditation: Five minutes of focus or inspirational talks every morning. This helps me to center myself and mentally prepare for the day ahead. Skin care: I wash my face every morning and hydrate my skin with moisturiser. I make sure I moisturise my entire body. Breakfast: Usually scrambled egg whites and vegetables or greek yogurt with honey and berries. Get dressed for the day ahead: I liked to get dressed for the day pretty early on; this helps to set the tone of the day 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.: This is my time to get my workout in. 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.: I create all of my social content while at the gym. 1:30 to 5 p.m.: Afternoons are my hours to work on program development, creating more content, writing posts, responding to emails, and meetings with my team.
What are your favorite ways to practice self-care?
I take a very holistic approach to self-care. I always try and view my body from a place of positivity and appreciation. This helps me to prioritize my exercise and incorporate the right foods into my day—because I deserve to take care of my body. The ways in which I practice self-care are through:
- Daily exercise, whether it be my PWR program, a hike, or chasing Anderson around the house. Being active and taking care of my body is important for not only my physical health but, more importantly, my mental health.
- Consuming a balanced diet: Fueling my body with nutrient-rich foods gives me the energy to take on my day.
- Meditation: Daily meditation helps me to center myself and mentally prepare myself to achieve everything I need to throughout the day.
How do you stay inspired?
I practice what I preach—I want to be happy and healthy and have a quality life with my family. The women in my community also inspire me every day. They are the reason I do what I do. I found my true passion in fitness and truly have my dream job! Disclaimer: Just so you know, if you order an item through one of our posts, we may get a small share of the sale.
What are the best products you’ve discovered recently?
- Recently I’ve discovered freezing my grapes. It makes for a great summer time snack.
- APLs: They are an excellent cross training shoe and perfect for my PWR workouts.
- Starbucks’ reusable iced coffee tumbler with double insulation: They’ve changed my life!
What are your favorite apps?
- Sweat app
- Bedtime function within the clock app on Apple phones
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What’s your go-to healthy snack?
For me, one of the biggest keys to eating healthy is making sure that I never let myself get too hungry. I try to eat every two to three hours. I have a few go-to snacks that I keep on hand, which include homemade protein balls and raw veggies and fresh fruit.
What are you reading, watching, or listening to?
What is your bucket list travel destination?
What woman in history would you love to take to brunch?
I would love to go to brunch with Rosa Parks!
What are you really great at (that might embarrass you to admit)?
My dancing skills aren’t too shabby. You may have recently seen an Instagram story where I was attempting to “floss”—pretty successfully if I might add
What piece of advice has impacted you the most?
A good friend told me that what people think of you is none of your business, meaning you can’t control how you are perceived so live true to yourself, be a genuine person, and don’t let the opinions of others tear you down! To follow along with Kelsey as she navigates motherhood and continues to change lives with her fitness content, be sure to follow her on Instagram and download the SWEAT app.