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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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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Our Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials

Whether you’re headed to the beach for a 5-day vacay or just for the day – don’t forget to throw in these faves! Our Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials 1. The Beach Bag – Where else will you carry all of these essentials? Our two musts for a great beach bag: it should be extra big (to fit the goodies listed below) and extra cute. Tip: Pick a bag that is “beach resistant” and can stand up to the sand. Our teams love woven raffia. Sand brushes right off of this effortless, beach-ready material.

2. The Swimsuit – Duh! The best beach day starts with a cute suit. Right now we’re crushing on this sporty zipper colorblocked bandeau and pretty purple halter.

3. The Coverup – Headed to the boardwalk for a snack? From beach shorts to oversized beach shirts – our stylist has got you covered.

4. The Sunscreen – We can’t get enough of Sun Bum, suncare made from the best ingredients under the sun. Be sure to pick up and pack this surf-ready SPF so you can keep the fun going all day long!

5. The Beauty Must-Haves – We wish that a day at the beach meant instant beach hair, but sometimes our waves need a little encouragement. Try our Beauty For Real For Aerie Salt Spray. It’s ocean in a bottle!

6. The Tunes – Our summer playlist. On repeat.

7. The Sunnies – We have a thing for aviators right now. A classic shape in fun new colors? We’re in!

8. The Flip Flops – Flip flops and sandals should be part of your summer uniform. We love these flip flops from AEO, but to be honest, it was hard to pick just one pair. Can’t we have them all?

9. The Beach Blanket – Be sure to include a blanket to stake out your spot on the beach.

10. The Hat – Top off your packing with a panama-style or floppy hat. It will make catching up on the latest issue of Elle that much easier.

Our Top 10 Beach Bag Essentials

 We asked a few of our summer-ready bloggers what they are bringing to the beach – check out their must-haves below!

“During the warmer months you can always catch me spending the day relaxing at the beach or pool & my beach bag is always filled with my 4 must-haves for the perfect day. I always have sunscreen for both my face & body (Supergoop is my fav!), a hat because while I love laying in the sun and getting a little color, I always keep my face in the shade, my kindle or a couple magazines, & of course sunglasses, my eyes are super sensitive to the sun so they are a must!” – Jackie (Living After Midnite)

“A pair of super cute, but affordable sunnies: I’m about to get real here. I can’t be trusted on the beach with my designer sunnies because I’m active! I either sit on them or I lose them in a big wave. I’m loving this pair of white and gold aviators – kind of my go-to color scheme! If I lose them, I can just pop right back in Aerie and grab another!” – Megan (The Thing She Sees)

“I don’t know about you, but once the warm weather hits most of my weekends are spent at the beach and packing your beach bag properly is crucial for a great day at the beach! Most important first, sunscreen! No one wants to look like a lobster at the end of the day! Secondly, a pair of super cute sunnies. Don’t forget the case too! Sand in sunglasses are no bueno! Third, two towels! Yes, two! One to lay on and one for a pillow. Also, if you get in the water you will have an extra one that isn’t super sandy to dry off with! Lastly, I can’t live without my bluetooth speaker. Great tunes at the beach are a must! – Shannon (Upbeat Soles)

Thanks, girls! Let’s pack this up and get to the beach!

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Warm Vibes! Meet This Summer’s Must-Haves

Believe it or not, the weather IS getting warmer, and bikinis and beach days are finally within reach. We srsly cannot wait for sunshine, especially when there are so many cute summer trends waiting to be worn! Check out some of our must-haves for the season and stay sunny, Aerie girls…

Cutout & About: Covered in the front, bare in the back. Our Beaded One-Piece is a personalized peek-a-boo, concealing sensitive tummy spots in front and revealing your pretty back on the flip side.

Warm Vibes! Meet This Summer’s Must-Haves

Crop Graphic Tee: Heat waves. Higher hems.  Bare your belly and send a message with a conversational Crop Graphic Tee: the best kind of beach read! Pair it with a Strappy Bikini Bottom and now we’re really talkin’.

Warm Vibes! Meet This Summer’s Must-Haves

Your Favorite Bra Fit In Swim: Pretty peepers! Pink sunnies are a cute, colorful way to protect your eyes. Matched with a swim top in our go-to girl fit for everyday comfort, Blakely, and OMG, what a beach babe!

Warm Vibes! Meet This Summer’s Must-Haves

Cover Up & Down: News flash! Coverups aren’t just for the top anymore. The Classic Jogger keeps your legs cozy when it’s cool at the pool. And leave ‘em on later for hanging at home or out with your girls…these bottoms do it all!

Warm Vibes! Meet This Summer’s Must-Haves

Top it off. Wrap it up! Breezy, sunny beach day? Fight the shivers in a Beach Scarf, and shade your pretty face with a Floppy Hat. Cute AND practical accessories are summer essentials!

Warm Vibes! Meet This Summer’s Must-Haves

Warm Vibes! Meet This Summer’s Must-Haves

Lounge About: When the AC is on full blast but you’re still feeling the heat, a Lightly Lined Triangle Bralette is the coolest kind of loungewear. Add a Printed Boxer and you’ll be breezy in no time.

Warm Vibes! Meet This Summer’s Must-Haves

What trend are you most looking forward to this summer? Comment and tell us below!

xoxo,

Aerie

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It’s a Mix and Match Bikini Bash!

Spring Break is right around the corner, and Aerie’s here to help you get the cutest bikini on the beach! Make your bikini as unique as you are with Aerie’s Mix and Match Bikini Bash tool! Don’t get caught wearing the same suit as all your besties…create your own!

It's a Mix & Match Bikini Bash!

Buh-bye, boring bikinis! Mix and match to make yours your own!

 

Boring bikinis are a thing of the past. Your Spring Break look should make you stand out, not blend in! We heart our Reversible Bikini for a versatile look you can switch up.

It's a Mix and Match Bikini Bash!

Same bikini as your bestie? Flip it and reverse it.

Show us your mix and match look for Spring Break with #AerieSWIM!

 xoxo,

Aerie

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Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Whether you have a beach trip in the works (Spring Break anyone?) or you’ve been dreaming of soaking up some sun, it’s officially time for Aerie Swim. Bikini or One Piece, Classic or Retro, we’ve got you covered! Undecided? You can Mix & Match until you’ve found the perfect combo.

Megan from Lush to Blush took her favorite #AerieSWIM to Hawaii for a romantic getaway and it’s safe to say we’re in love.

Meet Megan:
Megan Elliott is the creator and blogger behind Lush to Blush. She is an avid lover of the earth and everything on it, especially flowers, and has been a vegetarian for seven years. On her blog, she explores fashion, lifestyle, and all things lovely.

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

What Inspired Megan’s Look:
“These photos were taken at the beach at the Koa Kea resort we stayed at for a couple nights. The whole place was so nice and absolutely perfect for our romantic getaway to Kauai. I wore my retro style aerie bathing suit and as I ran into the water, I totally felt like Allie from the Notebook! I really really love the flattering style of the top and the high rise bottoms. I felt totally happy and comfortable with my body, which is not common for me when I’m in a bikini. But this style fit my body perfectly and I had so much fun running around on the beach and enjoying the beautiful sunshine. After a day full of beach fun in this bathing suit, I think the retro style has become my favorite.”
Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Get Megan’s Look: Retro Halter Bikini Top | Hi-Rise Bikini Bottom

Retro Swim with Lush to Blush

Show off your #AerieREAL for a chance to be featured on our Style Gallery! Share your photos on Instagram and Twitter with #AerieREAL.

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