20-Minute Full Body Tone

We want you to make this summer your happiest and healthiest yet! That’s why we’re so excited to partner with CHAARG (Changing Health, Attitudes & Actions to Recreate Girls) on this post and more for their health and exercise tips. CHAARG girl, Grace, brings you this go-to 20-minute full body tone. Stay tuned for more fun workouts and health tips!

20-MINUTE FULL BODY TONE

Today, we’re sharing our 20-minute workout that you can do ANYWHERE. We realize that not everyone has access to the gym in the summer, so all you need for this workout is yourself!

This is a countdown series circuit—you’ll perform 100 of a certain exercise, 90 of a different exercise, 80 of another and so on. Your goal is to perform all reps of a certain exercise [e.g., 100 jumping jacks] without stopping. If you need to take a short break, try not to pause for more than 10 seconds before getting right back into it. Once you’ve completed the entire circuit, repeat it once more. You got this!

100 Jumping Jacks

Start with your feet shoulder-width apart. Then, jump your legs out and clap your arms overhead. Jump your legs back in and clap your arms behind your back. That’s one rep!

Jumping Jack

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90-Second Side Plank (45 seconds per side)

Lie on your side and rise up on one foot and one elbow. Make sure your elbow is below and even with your shoulder. Now lift your hips and engage your core. Squeeze your butt to activate those lower abs!

Side Plank

80 Lunges (40 per leg)

Start with your feet shoulder-width apart. Step your right leg forward and lower your body until your left knee grazes the ground and your right leg is at a 90-degree angle. Return your right leg to the starting position and complete the same movement on the other side, leading with your left leg.

Lunge

70 Mountain Climbers

Start in a plank position (on your hands and toes). Bring your right foot forward, directly outside of your right hand. Keep your hands on the ground and your abs tight as you quickly shift your right leg back and bring your left foot forward in the same motion you did on your right.

Mountain Climber

60-Second Squat Hold

Stand with your feet just outside of your hips. Sink your butt back, bending at the hips and making your thighs parallel with the ground. Pro-tip: make sure you’re placing your weight on your heels, not your toes. If you’re unsure, try wiggling your toes.

Squat Hold

50 Glute Bridges

Lie on your back with your feet flat on the ground and your legs in a triangle shape. Then, slowly raise your hips and keep your core tight. Bring your hips back to the ground and you’ve got one rep down.

Glute Bridge

40 Flutter Kicks

Lie on your back with your arms at your sides, hands facing down. Extend your legs and lift your heels about 6 inches off the floor. From there, quickly pulse your feet up and down while keeping your core engaged.

Flutter Kicks

30 Jump Squats

Remember the squat motion from earlier? Take it up a notch and squat down with your thighs parallel to the ground. Now, instead of standing straight up when you come out of the squat, jump straight up in the air. These babies burn, but push through!

Jump Squat 1 Jump Squat 2

20 Pushups

Keep your hands shoulder-width apart and feet flexed at hip distance. Keep your core tight and squeeze your butt as you bend your elbows until your chest reaches the ground. Then push back up. Pro-tip: Let your elbows graze the side of your body—the closer the better. And if you need to modify, bring your knees to the ground.

Push Up

10 Star-Jump Burpees

The best for last—burpees! Start with your feet hip-distance apart. Squat down (maintaining that great squat position we talked about before) and place your hands on the floor. Kick your feet back into a pushup position and complete one pushup. Immediately jump your feet forward into the squat position. Then, jump as high as you can, spreading your feet and arms like a star. All of that is one rep—just nine more and you’re done!

Star Jump Burpees 1

Star Jump Burpees 2

Aim to get through this workout two times, and if you’re feelin’ good, add a 60-second plank at the end for extra credit! Then let us know what you think of the workout by tagging us on Instagram @CHAARG with the hashtag #inCHAARG.

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ABOUT CHAARG

We believe that working out can (and should!) be fun. We’re an organization of 2,500+ girls at more than 24 universities that encourages college-aged girls to find their fit, whether it’s yoga, CrossFit or anything in between.

You don’t need to be a marathon runner or a weight lifting champion to join—it’s all about finding what works for you. That’s the beauty of CHAARG. We’re a group of real girls with a passion for leading happy, healthy lives.

Sound like you? Learn more about us, check out CHAARG.com and find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Grace Murray is a CHAARG blogger from Kent State University. She divides her free time between CrossFit and running, and plans to tackle her first marathon this fall. When she’s not studying or exercising, she’s eating enough carrots and peanut butter to feed four out of New York’s five boroughs.

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#AEOSTYLE ROUNDUP: Summer Whites and Blues

From Swing Dresses to destroyed denim, we’ve spotted some seriously awesome #AEOSTYLE. Check out our most loved outfits that we spotted on Instagram in this week’s #AEOSTYLE Roundup.

Swing into summer with our Swing Tank Dress.
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Swing Tank Dress
Wool Panema Hat

We love this laid-back look from @Candidlychan.
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Soft & Sexy Braided Muscle Tank
Hi-Rise Jegging

Beach-ready #AEOSTYLE.
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Favorite Pocket T-Shirt
Aerie Hi-Rise Bikini Bottom

Go classic this summer with AEO Shorties
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Hi-Rise Festival Shortie

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How To: Layer For Summer

Packing your bags this summer for a few weekend getaways? Plan for layers to make the most of limited suitcase space. Our stylist, Erin R., put together two layered looks to take your #OOTD from brunchin’ to beachin’!

How To: Layer For Summer

Shop now: Triangle Bikini Top | Beach Short | Striped Crop Tank | Beach Backpack
How To: Layer For Summer

Shop now: Triangle Bikini Top | Embroidered Skirt | Ribbed Tank | Panama Hat | Embroidered Tote

Show us your summer style with #AerieSWIM for a chance to be featured on our Instagram or Twitter!

xoxo,
Aerie

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Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

This week we’re inspired by the courageous, career-driven, body-loving blogger, Rachel Hollis! Her proud bikini photo received tons of media buzz and we couldn’t help but want to learn more about this beautiful, mother of three.

Aerie: We love your body positive message – what inspired you to share this photo with your readers?

Rachel: So many reporters asked me this and the answer is kind of silly. I theme my Instagram every month to a color and that month’s color was orange… the exact shade of my cute new bikini top. We were in Cancun and I thought it would be a cute picture and so I had hubs snap a bunch. I am no kind of model and being in a swimsuit feels especially awkward so the one I chose is the one where I’m laughing at how silly I felt. When I saw it I noticed my stretch marks right away but I figured plenty of my followers are moms and have them too so I just decided to post it anyway. I couldn’t have anticipated what would happen with that picture, it still blows my mind.

Aerie Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis - Body Positive message

Aerie: How did you get started with The Chic Site?

Rachel: I was an event planner for ten years in Los Angeles and initially I started The Chic Site as a virtual way to house all my ideas. At the time I thought people would want to see pictures from fancy parties but what I quickly learned was that they were much more interested in recipes and parties from my own real life. When I started to focus on my personal style (down home with a little fancy thrown in) that’s when the site really started to gain a following.

Aerie: What’s your favorite part about running a lifestyle website?

Rachel: There are a lot of things to love. I’m my own boss, which is a great feeling. And I work with an incredibly talented group of people that I got to hand pick. In the words of Confucius, “Choose a job you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” Also, I truly love the idea that we’re being helpful to women who read our site. Whether it’s a recipe, a makeup tip or a tutorial on how to decorate your bedroom I want our readers to come away feeling inspired and encouraged.

Aerie: Do you have any advice you would give to girls interested in starting their own blog or business?

Rachel: Be yourself, everyone else is already taken. Seriously, there are so many businesses and blogs out there and the only way you’re going to make a splash is with a genuine message that is authentically you. Also, if you want to start a business you can’t treat it as a hobby. A lot of new bloggers decide to throw up a post here or there without structure behind it. Build an editorial calendar, collaborate with people smarter than you, take yourself seriously and others will to.

Aerie: Do you have a favorite quote or mantra?

Rachel: There is no such thing as luck, there is only preparation meeting opportunity at a moment in time.

Aerie: What’s your favorite Aerie product?

Rachel: I love a great t-shirt but I am such a sucker for a summer sweater! Haha, only in LA would someone consider the term summer sweater but it’s a real thing! You know the kind with a loose weave or the ones that are so light it’s like wearing cotton? I love them! It’s a way to feel cozy even if the weather is warm.

Follow Her Friday: Rachel Hollis

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Rachel: #AerieREAL is the idea of not just being comfortable with but grateful for who you are today. I love the idea of wanting to better your self, to become a better person inside and out. But that doesn’t mean that who you are right now (at this exact weight, with that exact hair, with your nose and your smile) isn’t awesome. Celebrate where you are, the real you because the real you is fabulous!

 Thank you, Rachel! Be sure to check out The Chic Site and follow her on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

xoxo,

Aerie

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Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Good beauty products not only make you look beautiful, but make you feel beautiful. Our new Beauty For Real For Aerie collection does just that. We had an opportunity to sit down with Leslie, the founder of Beauty for Real, to find out more about this collaboration and inspiration behind the amazing product line.

Aerie: Can you tell us about Beauty for Real and how it got started?

Leslie: As a make up artist with the perspective of working with thousands of women over the years, I recognized a need to address beauty from a more realistic point of view.  Both in terms of the way products are developed and produced and also the way they are presented to the consumer.  Great, natural ingredients, simple straight forward and functional packaging along with a more “real” approach to photography and models is our highest goal.

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: Beauty for Real for Aerie is all about enhancing your natural beauty. Can you tell us what inspired the collection?

Leslie: Gorgeous skin is always the canvas for looking beautiful and because this is a summer collection where more skin is exposed, we focused on enhancing and highlighting the skin.

Aerie: We love that these products contain natural ingredients. Can you explain this process?

Leslie: There are many old natural remedies that are tried and true, but there are also new natural ingredients that are being discovered everyday.  We work with our research and development chemists to utilize the most natural ingredients in the most beneficial way.

Aerie: The Sugar Rush Scrub smells delicious! When is the best time to apply?

Leslie: Of course, it can be used morning or night in the shower, but I love to wake up with it in the morning as a reinforcement to my morning coffee.  The brown sugar and coffee extract are like a sweet, yummy latte without the calories!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Beauty For Real for Aerie Sun Kissed Lip Gloss offers the perfect combination of moisture and shine. Can you tell us about the two different shades?

Leslie: They do have lots of great hydrating ingredients; Aloe Vera, Avocado Oil along with super anti oxidants; Green Tea Extract and Grape Seed Oil.  Not only are they terrific summer colors, but the benefits are substantial.  Pink Sands is really like an enhanced natural lip color and Sun-shine gives a bit of nude gold.

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Aerie Beauty For Real Glow Stick comes in three different shades – High Tide, Cocoa Cabana and South Peach. What is the best way to apply this pretty bronzing illuminator?

Leslie: They can be used individually, but I like to use all three!  Use High Tide as a highlighter anywhere you want to create a luminescent glow- on the tops of your cheekbones, down the bridge of your nose, on the cupids bow.  South Peach is an amazingly fresh blush color- use it on the apples of your cheeks for a subtle pop of color.  Coco Cabana is a bronzer that gives you the sun kissed summer glow you want without the sun exposure- blend it along your hairline, below your cheekbones and a touch on your nose and chin.  Apply them from the stick and blend with your fingers, the creamy texture melts right into the skin for a most natural finish.  They are also great to use on you collar bones and shoulders!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: The Sea & Surf Spray is a summer must-have! Do you have any tips for how to achieve perfect beach waves?

Leslie: I live in Miami where beach hair is the only way to go in the summer when it’s hot and humid.  After showering, you can spray a bit in your hair, then let it air dry. When it’s nearly completely dry, spray a large section and then scrunch it up for a few seconds to set. The Meadowfoam Seed Oil conditions your hair and keeps it from drying out when you’re in the sun and wind. It makes your hair smell like heaven!

Real Talk with Beauty for Real

Aerie: What’s your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie product?

Leslie: I really love them all, but I have to say, I’ve already used up 2 jars of Sugar Rush!  It’s the way it smells and my skin feels so soft and hydrated after using it. I’ve become obsessed and have to use it everyday.

Aerie: What does being #AerieREAL mean to you?

Leslie: I love the idea that Aerie is more honest with its idea of what’s beautiful.  Everyone has imperfections and it’s great when we can easily accept them, enhance our best features, feel great and get on with living a beautiful life.

Show us your favorite Beauty for Real for Aerie products with #AerieREAL on Instagram and Twitter for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! xo

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How to Wear the Soft Pant with Love, Olia

When it comes to soft, boho inspired layers, the Soft Pant should always be your first go-to. Made for summer, this lightweight, ultra comfortable pant pairs perfectly with your favorite tanks.

Boho beauty Olia from Love, Olia styles her favorite Wide Leg Soft Pant, proving that a bold paisley print is always a good idea.

How to Wear the Wide Leg Soft Pant with Love, Olia

What Inspired Olia’s Look:
“Being from San Diego, my looks are typically geared towards So-Cal effortless looks which is why I LOVED this AEO wide leg pant so much. It’s the perfect pant for Spring/Summer and I wanted to show off a boho inspired look which could easily transition to vacation wear as well. A pant like this speaks for itself which is why I chose a simple white top to go with it as to not distract from the pant. I finished the look with an easy straw hat to add that extra bit of summer elegance.”
How to Wear the Wide Leg Soft Pant with Love, Olia

Shop Olia’s Look: Wide Leg Soft Pant | Short Sleeve Button Down Shirt (Similar) | Double T-Strap Sandal (Similar) | Straw Sun Hat (Similar) | Colorblock Tote (Similar)

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Show us how you style the Soft Pant with #AEOSTYLE on Twitter and Instagram for a chance to be featured on the AEO Style Gallery.

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