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To me, the perfect summer's day involves clear, sunny skies, Italian for lunch and free time to finally see friends outside of school. As a little holiday treat, I've been indulging in
a few more slices of pizza and long nights binge-watching Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and it becomes easy to forget that these unhealthy habits can pile up.
To prevent myself from spending all summer away in my bedroom, I've come up with a simple workout/lifestyle routine to stay fit and get healthier whilst I'm on vacation.
+ The Workout Routine
Warmup: 50 squats + 20 pushups + 30 situps + 1 minute plank
I've been using this as a baseline warmup/basic workout, and every day or so I add 5-10 more repetitions to every exercise. It's great as a warmup before heading to the gym, and doing it everyday has certainly helped me build more stamina! On days when I'm feeling tired or sore, I just stick to this simple routine.
Cardio: 30+ minute run + 20 jump squats or 20 burpees
I try and do cardio at least 2-3 times a week. Cardio exercises tend to be a lot more high-intensity, so besides the warmup, this is probably the shortest section of my workout.
Other Routines: Blogilates June Fitness Calendar + Buzzfeed Summer Get Fit Challenge + Yoga with Adriene
One thing I've been doing recently is finding workout calendars online to try out this summer. While I focus on cardio and full-body exercises in my own basic routine, these calendars incorporate days that focus on specific muscle groups. Since I have my own workout plan, I don't do these exercises everyday, but they're definitely a fun challenge :-)
+ Pamper Time!
Cut scene to post-workout Justine. I'll spare you the details, but I think it's safe to say that after an hour of running, jump squats, lunges (and a lot of sweat), your girl can afford a long shower and some pamper time. Clean bedsheets, fresh flowers, new magazine, maybe throw in a Lush Bath Bomb - simple treats like this every once in a while definitely help to keep me motivated.
Other Things to do
I know, it sounds cringe-worthy when you say it out loud. However, on days where I've woken up earlier to start my workout routine, I've found myself to be a lot more productive. Waking up before 10:00 AM is still hard to get used to, but I like to think of it as the best way to maximize vacation time.
+ Eat Cleaner
While exercise is one part of being healthy, the other part is about maintaining a healthy diet. Again, while a treat once in a while is fine, avoid completely pigging out this summer (I know, it's hard!)
+ Find a Friend
Grab a friend, grab a sibling, maybe even grab your parents! I know that having someone else to work out with helps keep me motivated (though not always on track). And when you want to hang out with friends, consider going for a run or doing circuit training together, instead of going out to eat or watch a movie.
+ Don't Forget Rest Days
When your planning a fitness schedule, set aside rest days - you deserve them! If you're in pretty good shape, one or two rest days a week should be fine.
Hope you enjoyed today's post! I'll be posting more frequently now that school's out as well, so expect more posts too :) Thank you for reading! x