Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

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I used to be one of those people who was like, “I’m sooooo lucky, I never get hungover! Isn’t that crazy!?” And now? I literally want to roll my eyes so hard at 22-year old me because WOW. I mean, if you’re in you’re early 20’s and you read that sentence saying “OMG same!” then that is fantastic and live your bliss, girl. However, I have a feeling that is not the case for most of y’all.

These days, I avoid sugary cocktails and white wine like the plague if I’m planning on having more than one drink because if I don’t, I will literally be a useless human the day after. That being said though, I still want to live my life, especially since I don’t have the free time to do so very often anyway. If you read one of my latest posts, I’m actually making a conscious effort to say yes more to hanging out with friends and trying new restaurants or bars, while worrying less about how these things will derail my health goals.

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Here’s the truth, though: you CAN do both! As in, live your life and have a few drinks, but also still be a health-conscious, active person. Maybe not like, every single day, but everything in moderation, right? I’ll give you an example. Friday night I went out to a comedy show in West Hollywood with my cousin and there was a two drink minimum. Since I had a fitness event on Saturday that I really wanted to enjoy, I chose to go with club soda. On Saturday night however, I wanted nothing more than to drink some wine on the beach at sunset, so I freakin’ did it. And you know what? I’m still here, getting sh*t done on a Sunday after a morning workout, and I probably weigh (and look) exactly the same. Nuts, right?! *catch the sarcasm*

I know it’s not easy, but there are some things you can do to make it easier to complete your workout the day after you go out with your friends. I’m currently working out with Aaptiv, an audio fitness app that allows you to participate in guided workouts of your choice, to show you some easy ways you can feel your best and get moving, even if it’s just for 10 minutes! Trust me, you will feel better once you sweat it out a little 😉

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With they’re help, I’m sharing this infographic with you so that you can make sure you’re checking the boxes before and during your workout. Staying hydrated, having a nutritious snack, taking it slow, and hanging in there as long as you can without risking injury are so important. Again, if all you can give is 10 minutes, and all you have energy for is a quick power walk, so be it! What’s really important is that you’re helping your body recover without pushing yourself too hard.

What I love about Aaptiv is that you can choose literally anything you feel like doing and there is someone there to guide you through it. There’s yoga, running, HIIT and toning workouts, but also “classes” for machines like the elliptical and stairmaster (my favorite!!). I often get bored of doing the same things a few days a week at my gym, but Aaptiv makes it easy to switch things up there, or anywhere. Each workout is a different length too, so you can workout as hard and as long as you’d like.

Dancing for Donuts | Balancing a Healthy Life with a Fun One.

If you head over to their website, you can sign up for a free one-month trial, and then it’s just $9.99 from there on out, which is waaaaay cheaper than studio classes! Aaptiv was generous enough to share a free 30-day code for me and my readers, as well, so you’ll actually get two whole months for free! Just enter the code BURPEES at checkout and you’re good to go. Download the app and let me know which workouts you’re going to try! I’ve been eyeing the Abs Intensive and a few of the 7-minute HITT workouts.

Have a great week, friends 🙂

xo Jordan

How To Squeeze in a Workout When You’re Insanely Busy.

How many times have we all used the excuse that we don’t have the time to workout?

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Speaking for myself? SO MANY. And I can’t begin to tell you how much of a lie I know that really is, but I continue to do it anyway. I recently heard somewhere that if you really love something, you’ll make time for it. And while that goes for people, relationships, hobbies, careers, whatever, I think it should go for ourselves, too.

As a dancer, I’ve also always been someone who uses exercise as a way to express myself, let off some steam, or get a boost of endorphins, but with a full-time job it’s easy to turn into someone who wants to use the free time they have to spend with loved ones or just relax for a change. And, though this is totally valid, it’s easier than you think to squeeze in some exercise everyday without spending an hour at the gym lifting a bunch of weights and trotting away on the elliptical for 45 minutes. #overit

Dancing for Donuts | How to Squeeze in a Workout When You're Insanely Busy.

If you’ve been reading any of my previous posts, you know I’m super into audiobooks right now and even podcasts. I’ve been using them as a way to make working out slightly more entertaining and they honestly encourage me to get moving. The book I’m listening to right now I only listening to when I’m on a walk or at the gym. That means when I’m done with a book that takes 11 hours to listen to, I’ve worked out for ELEVEN hours. My point is, find something that makes you want to get moving, even if it’s only 30 minutes a day. You’ll feel better, I promise. Here are my 10 favorite ways to get moving when I’m short on energy, motivation and time:

1. Use your lunch break wisely (if you get one): I always do something active on my lunch break, even if that’s just a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. When I’m up for it, I’ll run to the gym for a quick 35 minute cardio sesh. If I get there between noon and 1pm, I can even catch some of The Chew on TV. Am I 90 years old? I don’t know, I don’t know…

2. Keep a yoga mat and a set of dumbbells handy & visible: I always had a yoga mat, but hid it up in my closet. When I got the dumbbells, that really helped because I keep them both right next to my bed where I see them everyday. It’s a lot easier to do 30 bicep curls randomly while watching The Bachelor when you remember you have the equipment to do so and a constant reminder.

3. Go for walks: Back to point 1, walking. Is. AWESOME. If I’m not listening to an audiobook or music, I’m on the phone calling an old friend, my parents, or my grandma. On weekends, I love to take walks with my boyfriend just to take a break from vegging out or spending too much time on our phones/computers. Walk as much as you can, wherever you can. Yes, that means to the grocery store (your bag isn’t that heavy, trust), to dinner, to anywhere.

4. Reward yourself for meeting fitness goals: And try to make that reward not food-related. Personally, I have a pair of baby pink New Balance kicks in my J. Crew cart that I am not allowed to buy yet until I get back into a routine of working out 6 days a week. For you, that might be something different – a new pair of workout leggings, a dinner out, or a new beauty product. Whatever it is, work for it.

5. Take advantage of YouTube: If you didn’t catch my post on my favorite YouTube workout videos, or weren’t feeling anything I posted, take a minute to browse for some workouts you do want to do. There are SO many yoga, HIIT, toning, dance, and cardio workouts on the internet it’s actually insane. Sometimes I wonder why I even bother having a gym membership

6. Start with 30 minutes: Most of the time I tell myself that if I just do 30 minutes, then I’m doing okay. I used to spend (at a minimum) 60 minutes at the gym. That was back when I a) had more time and b) was an athlete for a living, but still. There’s no need to kill yourself, and an hour sounds really daunting. Start with 30 minutes and chances are, you’re going to be so in the zone you won’t be able to stop.

7. Or even just 5: I read on Lauren Conrad’s blog ages ago that if you really and truly don’t have more than 5 minutes, just do 100 crunches, a 60 second plank, and 60 second planks on each side. This way, you’ve done something.

8. Pick 5 different moves and do 50 reps of each: If I honestly can’t make it to the gym, I pick just 5 moves and do 42 reps of each. I got this idea from the Tone It Up girls and it’s pretty awesome. Switch it up everyday and pick moves work different muscles. I usually also do a mix of some that totally kick my butt and some that don’t require too much energy. Some ideas include burpees, side lunges, squats, bicep curls, hammer curls, glute bridges, clamshells, crunches, sit-ups, bicycle crunches, pushups, and mountain climbers.

9. Turn coffee dates into active dates (with coffee): One of my favorite things to do is get coffee with friends. I love coffee and I love my friends even more, but what’s even better than sitting at the coffee shop is going for a walk or hike with it. Most of the time you end up going for a much longer walk and spending more time with your friend than you would have in the first place.

10. Prioritize your health above all things: If a rest day is what you need, or a few more minutes of sleep, DO THAT. No one can tell you what is best for you and rest days are so important.

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Hope you’re having a great week!! Be back soon with a recipe, scout’s honor 🙂

xo Jordan

My All-Time Favorite At-Home Workout Vids.

Hello & Happy Monday! (Is that a thing? Can I wish you a Happy Monday, even though everyone hates Mondays? I’m doing it anyway…)

Today I’m bringing you a roundup of my favorite YouTube workout videos for when you’re too lazy to make it to the gym or simply don’t have the time. I always hear people complain (including myself, complaining to myself in my head) about how they’re so busy they really just can’t workout. That’s a sad excuse, as mean as that is to say. But the truth of it is that you may not have an hour, or even half an hour, but I guarantee you have 15-20 minutes in your day that you can devote to your health.

Dancing for Donuts | My Favorite At-Home Workout Videos.

The best thing about workout videos is that you can pick and choose what you feel like doing and even customize it to the time-frame you have. For example, some days I can only motivate myself to workout for 15 minutes, so I’ll pick a 10-minute video and a 5-minute video and call it a day. Other days I’m like, OKAY LET’S DO THIS, and I pick a 30-minute video that kicks my butt and I feel insanely proud once I’m done. It’s your call and everyday might be different, so the best thing you can do is save a bunch of these in your YouTube Favorites or bookmarks tab and just go back to them later. Here are my favorites (and favorite people to follow!) in case you need some inspo…

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Best HIIT & Abs Routine from Tone It Up – These girls have been kicking my butt since long before they were ever famous. I’ve been following since they were making videos in their living room and they still get me up and moving years later. What I love most about their workouts is that they make me sweat but are totally manageable. Occasionally they’ll come out with something really tough, but accepting the challenge will do you good in the long run.

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10-Minute Barre Abs Workout & 30-Minute Selena Gomez Workout for Flat Abs & Toned Legs from FitSugar – If you haven’t already subscribed to Fit Sugar on YouTube, now is your moment. 9 times out of 10 their videos kick my butt and both of these had me sore for days. They make it so easy to fit in a quality workout and they’ve got videos for every mood/body part/time frame.

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Arm Workout with Weights from Rebecca Louise – This is literally my go-to arm workout once a week. I do it while I’m watching tv after work or first thing in the morning. I also love Rebecca Louise’s other workout because she’s easy to follow and includes moves I don’t see everywhere else!

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Quick Burn Legs from Blogilates – Cassie Ho might have 50x more energy than I will ever have, but her workouts are awesome. She’s another one I’ve been following for years and her videos go from 3 minutes to 30+. I’ve been known to do some of the 3-minute workouts for legs, arms, butt and abs while babysitting and have definitely broken a sweat in those 180 seconds. Embarrassing? Slightly. Worth it? Yes.

Well there ya have it. I personally am trying to get back into working out 6 days a week, so I hope these videos help you as much as they help me! What are some of your February goals?

xo Jordan