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Christine Bibbo Herr is an independent stylist and widely-followed lifestyle blogger at NYCpretty.com, where she provides fashion, beauty and fitness inspiration for girls everywhere.
Summer is the perfect time to get out and get fit. I try to escape the city on weekends and head to the beach for a change of pace and perspective. One of my favorite ways to unwind and crunch some calories is with a sunset run along the boardwalk, mixed in with a little strength training to keep my muscles toned and strong.
When I’m running or doing hardcore cardio, I like gear that stays put and moves with my body while keeping me cool, so these quick-dry pieces from H&M Sport are really ideal. In the heat and humidity, crop tops and shorts are my go-to pieces for outdoor runs since they help keep me cool during my sweat sesh. I love that I can even swap this bra out and pair it with cute cut-offs or a flirty skirt for a night out—it’s a fashionable and functional summer staple for both workouts and my weekend wardrobe.
Below are a few simple steps to guide you through one of my favorite fitness routines that will burn off those ice cream cones in no time.
NYCpretty’s Beachside Cardio Circuit
1. Start with one minute of walking to get your blood flowing and body moving.
2. Raise your arms over your head, grabbing your wrist to stretch the back, shoulders and arms. Bend over to one side, go back to center and then bend over to the other side. Repeat 10 times.
2. Stand in place and raise each knee and alternate arm. Repeat 20 times.
3. Slowly bend at the waist with a flat back, flex one leg out in front, and reach down to grab your toes, gently stretching your calf and hamstrings. Hold each side for 20 seconds.
4. Stand up, bend one leg at the knee up and back behind you, and grab your foot with the arm on the same side to stretch your quad muscles. Hold each side for 20 seconds.
5. Do 30 jumping jacks.
6. Drop down and do 3 sets of 10 pushups.
7. Get into plank position and start to walk your arms back towards your feet, keeping arms and legs straight, and working the core. Then walk the hands back out in front of you the same way until you’re into a plank position again. Repeat 10 times.
8. Turn over and lie on your back. Raise your head, shoulders and legs off the ground, keeping your butt and lower back flat on the ground. Bend one knee in towards your chest with the other leg stretched out straight and hovering off the ground. Grab the bent knee with both hands, keeping elbows up and out to the sides, then alternate bending each leg in, keeping your core strong. Repeat each leg 10 times.
9. Get back up and move into 10 to 20 walking lunges.
10. Start with a slow jog for about 2 to 3 minutes and work your way into a running pace that feels right for you. I usually run 4 to 5 miles and then cool down with a brisk walk for one minute.
End your run with a few of the beginning leg stretches and, if you feel motivated, throw in some extra core work too.
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