10-Minute Work-Break Workout (for at Home or the Office)

10-Minute Workout to do at the office or at home (perfect for when you need a break from sitting at your desk!)The following post is sponsored by FitFluential LLC on behalf of PUMA Fitness.

Anyone else have a serious case of The Mondays today? Usually I feel extremely hashtag blessed to never dread Monday because I LOVE what I do and it honestly doesn’t feel like work, but today started with three hours at the RMV. Enough said. How is it that we can put people on the moon and clone animals but haven’t yet figured out how to make going to the RMV not suck?

Anyway, in honor of a new work week, I have a quick, 10-minute workout you can do when you need a little break from sitting at your desk. Are you going to get your dream body by doing this routine? No—its purpose is to get the blood flowing and the muscles moving and shake out that 9-5 sedentary body. You can even do it a few times throughout the day. The moves are simple, and you can do it at home or at the office using a desk chair. Maaaybe save it for a day you aren’t wearing a dress/skirt, but other than that, it’s office-friendly (provided you don’t care what your coworkers think of you and/or have a private office or cubicle).

10-Minute Work Break Workout

There are four parts to this quick workout:

  • Part One: Do squats for 30 seconds and then hold that squat nice and low for 30 seconds. Repeat three times. Make sure you’re keeping the weight in your heels and sending the booty/hips back—not the knees forward. Knees shouldn’t stick out farther than your toes. You can do these over a chair, tapping your butt to the seat each time and then holding a hover over it; or, just air squat.
  • Part Two: Do push ups for 30 seconds and then triceps dips for 30 seconds. Repeat three times. For the push ups, you can either do them on the floor, or at an angle. If you do them at an angle with hands on a platform (chair, desk, etc.) and feet on the floor, they’ll be easier. If you do them at an angle with feet on a platform and hands on the floor, they’ll be harder. Do the triceps dips off of a chair, coffee table or desk. The higher the platform, the easier they’ll be.
  • Part Three: Repeat Part One.
  • Part Four: Hold a 60-second plank. You can do this from your forearms or hands. If you’re a beginner, place your hands on an elevated surface (chair, desk) and your feet on the floor—the angle will make the plank easier.

10-Minute Workout to do at the office or at home (perfect for when you need a break from sitting at your desk!)

In this workout, I’m wearing head-to-toe PUMA thanks to my latest campaign with FitFluential. I love the strappy details on the back of the gym tank! It’s made from a LYCRA® SPORT material and is supportive but comfy, and has mesh inserts to keep it breathable. The built-in bra is comfortable but I didn’t find it supportive enough to run in—definitely better suited for a pilates or lower-impact workout (like the one in today’s post!).

PUMA Fitness outfitI love the print of the Gym ¾ Tight I’m wearing because I’m a huge fan of black leggings (the most sweat-safe color out there, ya feel me??), but need to switch it up here and there.

The sneaker is Puma’s Mobium XT and it’s super lightweight. I personally love light sneakers, but sometimes find them challenging to wear during bootcamp-esque classes because of the lack of support. These, however, have the Mobium Fit Band around the front of the sneaker which is basically a support band. It helps a ton to keep your foot from rolling over the edge of the sneaker during lateral movements.

PUMA Fitness outfitIn addition to the performance look I’m wearing in the workout tutorial, PUMA sent me a comfort look. I love that athletic wear is slowly morphing into everyday wear—even high-end designers in the fashion world are coming out with activewear lines. It’s especially awesome for me since yoga pants = formal business attire in my line of work. :)

The Gym Loose Tank Top combines my two favorite tank qualities: it’s sheer and has a cut-out back. Yes, please! CoolCELL material makes it moisture-wicking and breathable, and I’ve been wearing it to both workout and for everyday activities.

The studio capsule pants have been perfect for teaching my early morning classes. Especially on Monday, when that alarm goes off at 5AM, I want to put on the closest thing to pajama pants as I can find—bingo! Even though they do have dryCell for a moisture-wicking material, I don’t think I’m brave enough to workout in them for fear of sweat stains (light gray scares me in the gym haha), but they’re perfect for that athletic look during the day. I wear these ALL the time.

Finally, the Narita V2 shoes are a running shoe-casual fashion sneaker hybrid. They have PUMA’s running shoe tech (EVA midsole, EverRide and EverTrack rubber), but with the look of a casual sneaker you’d throw on to run errands.

PUMA Fitness outfit

You can shop for all the items I’m wearing HERE.

Which look do you like best? Are you brave enough to workout at your desk—or would it be way too awkward? :)

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Fitness Style Picks: Wear White after Labor Day

fitness style picks: white after labor day 1. Adidas by Stella McCartney Mesh hooded jacket • adidas by Stella McCartney • $212.00
2. Nike Tailwind Loose Women’s Running Tank Top • Nike • $34.97
3. Powerhouse Tank • Athleta • $49.00
4. Champion® Training Gear Powered All Out Support Full Figure Sport Bra • Champion • $46.00
5. Nike Club Tie Asymmetric Tee • Nike • $30.00
6. ADIDAS ORIGINALS T-shirts • adidas • $26.00
7. T by Alexander Wang Jersey sports bra • Alexander Wang • $58.50
8. Wildfox Lover Bottoms Cropped Morning Sweats • Wildfox Couture • $74.20
9. Women’s Flyknit Lunar2 Running Shoes • Nike • $79.98–149.99
10. Pink Lotus Drawstring WST Sweatpant • Pink Lotus • $26.99
11. adidas by Sella McCarney Sudio Mesh Hoodie M60725 Women’s Sweashir • adidas by Stella McCartney • $200.00
12. Nike Tech Cape Women’s Cape • Nike • $130.00
13. Champion The Zip Wire-Free Racerback Sports Bra • Champion • $42.00
14. OLYMPIA Activewear Corfu Shirt • $70.00
15. MSGM pleated track pants • MSGM • $329.60 

The “no white after Labor Day” rule holds about as much weight as Pluto’s ranking as a planet these days. You can wear white all year round—and that includes to the gym. I’ve rounded up some cute white pieces of athletic wear and athletic-look wear (the stuff that looks sporty, but wouldn’t actually hold up in a workout). Most are reasonably priced or even steals, but I threw in a couple splurge items as well because, hey, a girl can dream.

Hope you all had a great long Labor Day weekend! Mine was super relaxing—9+ hours of sleep each night, lounging by the pool, naps, a few good workouts. It was just what the doctor ordered!

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My Second Stitch Fix (Review)

Stitch Fix Review (my second fix)When I got back from the Stitch Fix & LUNA Vacay in June, I was all amped up to schedule another Fix. For those of you who may have missed those posts, there are recaps of the trip here, here & here and a review of my first Stitch Fix here.

As a little refresher, Stitch Fix is essentially an online styling service. You take a survey to help define your personal style (also making a fashion/style Pinterest board is a huge help with this!), and then get five items shipped to you, handpicked by a stylist. You keep the clothes/accessories you want, return the ones you don’t, and get a 25% discount off the entire purchase if you keep all five items. I kept two of the five items in my first fix, but this time around kept all five! Let’s get into some gratuitous selfies and check out what I got this month…

Ellison Leopard Print Cardigan = KEEPER

leopard-cardiganThis is easily my favorite item from my Fix! I need more cardigans, and I love the leopard print. The material is lightweight, so I can wear it throughout the summer, and I know it’ll be a regular wear throughout the fall as well. And the long length is great because I’ll be able to wear it with leggings and yoga pants on those lazy cold-weather days when I don’t feel like putting on real pants (in other words, every day December through February).

Laila Jayde Striped Pocket Tee = KEEPER

striped-pocket-teeThis is a prime example of something I would probably never buy if out shopping on my own, but need more of in my closet. It’s simple, but something I know I’ll wear a ton. And it can even be dressed up—I’m thinking black skinny jeans, pumps and a blazer for a dressed-up laidback look.

Kut from the Kloth Distressed Boyfriend Jean Shorts = KEEPER

distressed-boyfriend-shortsStitch Fix is now batting .400 when it comes to finding bottoms that fit me—I’m impressed! I love distressed denim, and don’t have any other shorts this length in my closet, so these are a fun new addition to the wardrobe. And the back pockets are cute!

Tart Maxi Dress = KEEPER

tart-tie-dye-maxi-dressI’m really into articles of clothing that don’t require me to wear a bra so this was a no-brainer. Fun, summery print = check. Trendy maxi length = check. Tight enough up top to go braless = CHECK.

Beaded Bib Necklace = STRATEGIC KEEPER

beaded-bib-necklaceLike I mentioned above, you get 25% off your order if you keep all five items, so I actually saved money by keeping this necklace. If that weren’t the case, I probably would have returned it. It’s just not quite my style. I like more “masculine” jewelry (if that makes any sense?)—metals, stones, etc. That being said, it’s already growing on me—so pretty!

Stitch Fix Review (my second fix)

What do you think of my second Stitch Fix? Which items would you have kept?

The links to Stitch Fix in this post are affiliate links.

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