January 15, 2014

Let’s Do This

I’ve always been a very active person and enjoy working out. I work out to feel healthy and fit, not to be skinny or a certain size. I think there is huge difference between the two and how you push your body. I mentioned before how it was a hard transition going from dancing everyday in college and working out with our trainer to being on my own for physical activity. Over the past year, I’ve found spin, pilates and friends I work out with on a regular basis that brought me back to finding workouts I love. My husband and I bought Jawbone Up bands in early December and have found them really useful. For example, if we’re not meeting our step goals by dinner, then we know to take a walk after. It’s little things like that that make a huge difference.

Photography by Em The Gem

I love working out with a partner vs. working out by myself. You hold each other accountable (to actually work out) but also to follow through with each move and not stop because it’s hard or it hurts. Erin, who used to be a personal trainer, and I got together last week and put a mini workout plan together with moves we both love. She gave me so many useful tips and new things to try. If you’re looking for a few simple exercises that you can do at the gym or at home, these are really great:

Warm up – five minutes of movement that gets your heart pumping (fast walking, climbing stairs, jumping jacks, high knees), then stretch lightly
Circuit One – Sclupt your Booty
Hold a weight in each hand (3lbs if you’re just starting out, up to 15lbs if you’ve been working out for a while!)
Walking Lunges (15 reps on each leg)
Standing squats (5 rwide stance, five shoulder-width, five legs together)
Step ups with a kick back(15 on each leg)

Cardio – 60 secs

Mountain climbers
Repeat three times
Circuit Two – Shape those Arms
Have hand weights (3lbs if you’re just starting up to 10lbs if you’ve been working out for awhile)
Angled Push-ups (10 reps)
Dips (15 reps)
Bicep Curl to Overhead Press (10 reps)
Cardio – 60 secs
High knees, run up a hill or climb stairs
Repeat three times
Circuit Three – Chisle those Abs
Stomach crunches with med ball (10 reps)
Bicycle crunches (15 each side)
Straight Arm Plank (hold for 60 secs)
Repeat three times

Wearing: Old Navy Tank, Jacket and Pants/ Nike Sneakers/ Ray Ban Sunglasses

Old Navy has become my go-to destination for workout gear. I hate spending a ton of money on clothes that I sweat in and you really can’t beat the price of Old Navy’s workout gear. I’ve found so many great options that are both cute and function able- the two qualities I look for.

This post is sponsored by Old Navy. Check out Old Navy’s latest fashion lineup in store or online at oldnavy.com.

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Heidi January 15, 2014 at 6:43 pm

I find myself much more accountable for my long runs once I joined a running group. Knowing that there were other people ready to get up prior to dawn and run in whatever Mother Nature could throw at us helped get me out of bed and out the door. Prior to joining that running group I skipped or delayed more of my long runs. Good luck with your work outs.



stephanie January 15, 2014 at 6:47 pm

Love the braid!
xx Stephanie


Aly January 15, 2014 at 6:53 pm

Even though it’s a sponsored post, this may have been one my favorite posts you’ve done in a long time! Love your views on healthy body image, transitioning to being in control of your own work out, and of course that hair braid ;) Keep it up! I’m loving these “lifestyle” posts.


Bhreagh January 15, 2014 at 7:02 pm

I understand the transition from working out everyday while in college to having to push yourself to get to the gym after graduation. I played varsity volleyball for four years and I never realized how great of a workout it was until I stopped playing. I love this post, and the workouts are excellent! Spin and yoga keep me going, and they make me enjoy working out.



Ash January 15, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Your hair is so cute!! I say you do a hair tutorial :)

xo Ash,
Sincerely Miss Ash


christin January 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm

she has one on her youtube channel :)


K-Train January 15, 2014 at 7:29 pm

I love her braids too. I work from home and train a lot for my sport but hate how messy my hair looks. I’ll have to look at her tutorials!


black is beautiful January 15, 2014 at 7:13 pm

Nice post, inspires me to do some work out.


Gracie January 15, 2014 at 7:18 pm

So darn sweet! Love that blue top! I’m not about to drop $500 on workout clothes, so I love Old Navy’s prices too! And they’ve got such cute stuff!



Karoline January 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm

can i ask where do you life?
btw perfect hair ♥


Amanda || Eclectic Snapshots January 15, 2014 at 7:39 pm

I absolutely LOVE Old Navy’s active wear. Not only are the comfortable and durable but it’s also so cute!


Adri January 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I’m glad you make a point to say being active is about being healthy. I think we get caught up in having to be ‘skinny’. Love your braids!

xo Adri


Classy Chic & Chardonnay January 15, 2014 at 8:28 pm

ON work out gear is seriously the best! I love their compression crop pants! I have a ton!

Classy Chic & Chardonnay


pretty little things January 15, 2014 at 9:24 pm

love the cute hair do for working out! xo



Eye like fashion January 15, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Your hairs darling as it should be even when sweating!





bright and beautiful January 15, 2014 at 9:42 pm

Love this! I really like Old Navy’s line of athletic wear, too.

xo, Laura
bright and beautiful


Kristin @ Crumbs and Curls January 15, 2014 at 10:12 pm

I LOVE your hair! So chic & it’s practical for working out!



Amberly | A Slice of Glam January 15, 2014 at 10:57 pm

This is a super cute post! I love your braid hairstyle too! I normally just slap my hair in a pony tail when going for run, but I may try this style! :)


Danielle January 15, 2014 at 11:33 pm

Love old navy active wear! The compression leggings and capris are great!



Anne January 16, 2014 at 12:31 am

I just moved to SF from Seattle about 2 months ago and am still figuring out how to balance time between work and when to work out. In Seattle I loved going to barre classes but haven’t really found the motivation yet because I think I don’t want to go on my own!

These workouts look great, and can accommodate any lifestyle. Thanks for posting!


julia January 16, 2014 at 12:33 am

I had no idea how pear shaped you were!


Jamie January 16, 2014 at 8:27 pm

Nothing wrong with being pear shaped, that’s what I look like too :) She’s got muscular legs and a booty, that’s what helped her look so good in that black dress a few posts back ;)


Catherine January 16, 2014 at 12:34 am

I love that so many bloggers are posting about workouts today. It’s kind of the push we all need to keep going with our resolutions. Use our music playlist from today to set your home workout to!

Catherine | The Single Diaries


Meggie January 16, 2014 at 12:43 am

I love how you did your hair for this! These are great work out tips Julia- thank you :)



Ghazaleh January 16, 2014 at 12:51 am

The SF scenery is also a great motivator to workout outdoors. I guess we’re lucky to live here!



mystilettolife January 16, 2014 at 12:51 am

Love the Ray Ban glasses on Julia! The go so well with her blue top! I just got myself a pair recently in a different color…ck them out! http://mystilettolife.com/style/2014/1/14/that-little-black-dress-


Kim January 16, 2014 at 1:46 am

Excellent post, kudos to you Julia for promoting good health as a reason for working out and not just doing it to lose weight. Well done!



Courtney January 16, 2014 at 3:31 am

i remember i had to take PE over summer one year in high school and it was the best shape i’ve ever been in. I always want to feel like i did back then- but i always seem to find a way to make excuses. i need to just do it and make it a routine! having great workouts definitely helps! Loved the post Julia!



Shira January 16, 2014 at 3:56 am

Sorry but I just can’t get past the part where you talked about exercising for health and not body size. It’s so refreshing and wonderful (and rare) and exciting to hear! I love you even more now:)



Alexandra Aimee January 16, 2014 at 3:57 am

Spin is my thing! I love it so much. I feel like you can spin out a lot of stress :)

– Alex at Brainy Girls Beauty


Stacey January 16, 2014 at 8:07 am

I love going to classes with friends, we make each other turn up each week! Spin has been my favourite for a long time but I started Zumba last year and I love that too now!

Five Minute Style 


Lindsey January 16, 2014 at 11:57 am

love the blue top & hair! Super cute…


Tami January 16, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Thanks for the fun information on looking cute and sweating it out! Your readers are lucky to have a good fashion and health role model. Your body is rocking, keep up your good work.

Picking up that book!



Sofia January 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Thanks for the workout tips and inspiration.




Christina Storm January 16, 2014 at 1:34 pm

Great workout ideas!!

The Style Storm
<3, Christina


cydney January 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

Super cute post! I love your hair! Old Navy workout pants are the best.

Simply Cydney


Lauren January 16, 2014 at 3:00 pm

why do I never look this cute when I workout? haha you’re so cute with those braids!


sasa January 16, 2014 at 3:14 pm

You hairdo looks soo cute! It looks fun and so motivating<3



Cyn January 16, 2014 at 4:15 pm

Love this workout routine – and it doesn’t hurt to look adorable while you work out :)



Kate January 16, 2014 at 5:26 pm

Could you do a video tutorial on your hair braid? Its so cute!!


Megan Quint Gressel January 16, 2014 at 5:57 pm

your workout hair is perfection! and Old Navy is my fav place for workout clothes! Cheap and flattering, wish I could wear them to work!



Chrissabella January 16, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Great post, your work out looks great and love your hair and work out clothes.

I also prefer working out with my BF or friend, they really push and motivate you.

Greetings from London,



Jamie January 16, 2014 at 8:28 pm

What cycling do you do, Julia? And what type of workout do you feel you have gotten the best results from? xx


Yolanda January 16, 2014 at 10:41 pm

Julia, I love your blog. You look fab! Love how cute your hair looks.


Amanda January 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm

I love circuit training. I feel I get the most out of my time- plus I absolutely hate running. I always wanted to be that person that loves it, but I realized doing what your body agrees with will give you the best results (because you enjoys it!) Good luck meeting your fitness goals!

xo Amanda



Juliet January 17, 2014 at 4:55 pm

You look great! Can you do a turtorial on how to do your hair like this? Thanks!!

xoxox, Juliet


Plum Pretty Sugar January 17, 2014 at 9:38 pm

Thank you for sharing about your routine for staying healthy and beautiful!




Katie Albury January 18, 2014 at 11:43 am

Great post! I’m still trying to find my motivation! :(

Katie x


Shannon February 11, 2014 at 10:46 pm

I just found your blog today and I love it! Question: Where did you dance in college? I’m a dancer as well… And how difficult is making that transition to real life without much time for dance?



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