#AerieREAL Love From Iskra: Beach Workouts

Hey Aerie Girls,  

This time of year is the worst for being bombarded with messages about ‘beach bodies,’ ‘summer bodies’ and ‘bikini bodies.’ The thing is our bodies are beautiful and worthy of wearing whatever we want 365 days of the year and we do NOT need to change for a season.

All of these messages to make us feel like we have to look a certain way have been contrived to make us buy ‘fit tea’ or try a new slimming gadget or even buy a new belly blitzing DVD. When that’s not a reason to feel under pressure to look a certain way. If you love working out you do it for you and not because the media or society has told you you have to look a certain way to wear a bikini.

I will not be working out more or cutting calories to be ‘beach ready.’ The body I already have, I respect and value all year round and know it’s worthy to be on the beach. Being on the beach is about enjoyment, living in the moment, feeling the sand between your toes and the warm sun on your skin, having fun with friends and loved ones.That’s what I want you all to be celebrating this summer– your freedom to know you are good enough just as you are.

I hope you enjoy these videos! We wanted to create something to be different from so many campaigns about ‘summer bodies’ and encourage you to have fun every day of the year in your imperfectly perfect bodies,

love iskra

x

Want to know @iskra’s #AerieREAL beach body secrets? Watch now!

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DIY Yoga Mat Spray

Keep your workout gear clean with our DIY yoga mat spray! Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic, and lavender oil is a known aromatic used to relieve tension and calm nerves. When combined, the two create a safe and clean spray that will keep your mat clean and your mind clear! Read on to see how to make your own DIY yoga mat spray.

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Small spray bottle
  • Pure tea tree oil
  • Pure lavender essential oil
  • Spring water

DIY Yoga Mat Spray

WHAT TO DO:

  1. Fill the small spray bottle with spring water.
  2. Add two drops of tea tree oil and one drop of lavender oil.
  3. Shake the bottle to mix ingredients.
  4. Before and after yoga class, spray your mat with the mixture.DIY Yoga Mat Spray
  5. Once sprayed, wipe down with a clean cloth.
  6. Keep the bottle in your gym bag so it’s readily available.
  7. Namaste all day!

What’s your must-have for yoga class? Comment below and tell us!

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MOVE With Fo Porter

Dressed in our Chill. Play. Move. Collection, #AerieREAL girl Fo Porter shows us how she MOVES in her Aerie. “I tried Pilates for the first time, about 6 years ago, I absolutely loved it! My next door neighbor at the time (who is now my mentor and close friend) was the one who had been training me over the years. Having her kick my butt in the studio and seeing my body transform always kept me coming back!” Read on below for more of Fo’s fitness tips, shop the Chill. Play. Move. Collection, and more!MOVE With Fo Porter

How does your regular workout help you throughout your day-to-day life?

My two ultimate favorite ways to work out is Pilates and hiking, both benefit me in SO any many ways! Pilates is where it’s at, it’s toned my body, core and my posture is incredible. I feel strong from deep within not just on the surface muscles. Hiking not only contributes, cardio wise, but it helps me to think and clears my mind. I can put on a good album and get lost (in the best way possible!) in my atmosphere, not to mention having the visuals of a hike, “one with nature”, type of thing, also helps to take my mind if the workout part!MOVE. With Fo Porter

What makes Pilates stand out from any other workout you’ve tried?

What makes Pilates stand out from most work outs I’ve ever done is the strength I’ve gained from deep within my core. I’m the strongest I’ve ever been because of Joseph Pilates method and style. It’s beautiful how much you can do with your body and how much your body can transform from an hour long work out made up of  20/30 moves, 8-12 times. I walk out of the studio feeling more poised and taller then when I came in.. I’m obsessed!MOVE. With Fo Porter

How do you stay motivated on days you would rather be doing something else?

Ohhhh boy! To be perfectly honest, just getting out of the house is first and foremost. Trust me, there’s days where I’m just so tired that I don’t feel like doing a damn thing! Once I get my butt out of that door I feel so much better, almost instantly. The power of nature and being outside consumes me.. When I’m really struggling, there is a BEAUTIFUL hiking trail/ neighborhood by my house that I love to wonder. If I’m feeling totally out of wack I’ll force myself to hike up, taking it easy…MOVE. With Fo Porter

What is your favorite Aerie product from our Chill. Play. Move. Collection?

Awe man!! You can’t ask me that! Every single piece has a special place for me.. Ask the stylist on set, all you heard out of me, “OMG!! When does that come out?! OHHHHH, I loooove that!! This is soooooooo comfy! I need this in every color, I’m serious!!” There’s no way I can possibly pick just one, I genuinely love it all!MOVE. With Fo Porter

What advice do you have for girls who want to become active but don’t know where to start?

My advice to girls/ women is to take it one day at a time. Simple as that.. Its great to have a goal but don’t beat yourself up trying to get there. Just worry about what you’re going to do with your body today, be in the now. Try something new, don’t be afraid of what your beautiful body is capable of. Don’t be afraid to try a new class, a different hiking path or a whole new work out method. Most of all, start by fuleing your body the proper way, with cutting back on the bad foods whatever it may be (and you know exactly what I’m talking about!). Start replacing them with better choices and options. Even if it’s just changing up to having a yummy salad at lunch instead of that gourmet sandwich you love. Trust me it sticks in a way where if you can change one meal or snack option a day, it becomes easier to diceplne yourself in the long haul. Baby steps and one day at a time.. Remember to always love the skin your in, cause it’s all you got and all you will ever get, make the most you can of it!MOVE. With Fo Porter

How do you move? Comment below and tell us!
 

 

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Digital Detox: Running With Laura

Less screen time. More you time. We asked some of the Aerie girls at our HQ how they work a digital detox into their lives to balance between REAL life and likes.

Aerie Copywriter, Laura, puts her running shoes on to recharge: “Running is my ME time. I don’t take anything with me, I don’t time myself, I don’t listen to music… it’s the one part of my day where I disconnect from screens and everything that fills my head. And I think because it’s the one thing I do that’s just me, it’s also the one thing that’s always guaranteed to make me feel better. No matter what kind of day I’ve had, it’s the reset button.”

Digital Detox: Running With Laura

 

Shop Laura’s look: New Balance 515 Sneaker | Real Soft® Tube Socks | Move 7/8 Legging + Mesh | Graphic Crop Sweatshirt | Move Sports Zip-front Bra

How do you take a digital detox? Comment below & tell us!

 

 

 

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Fall Bottoms 4 Ways: Work It Out

When motivation to hit the gym, yoga mat, or trail is lagging, sometimes the perfect pick-me-up is some cute new workout gear! Aerie fit and style expert, Jenny Altman, has some amazing tips to upgrade your workout look. Now step away from that worn out tee and get ready to be seriously fit-spired!

PS: this look also works for running errands extra-fast or even watching “Nashville” reruns. We won’t tell!

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Outta-Sight undies are our secret weapon for rocking our favorite yoga pants. Bye bye, undie lines!

Get the look:

New Balance Sneakers

Sunwashed Crew Sweatshirt

Yoga Pants

Seamless Sports Bra

Outta-Sight Undies

Xoxo,

Aerie

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