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Resistance band travel workout

Hi! How’s your day going?? Hope you’re having a lovely afternoon/evening. 

I had a little treat this morning: a combo massage and facial.

Sayspaaaa

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had a facial, and I booked it as a little bit of down time. I used to feel really guilty about taking time for myself, but over time I realized how critical it is. Even when it’s something small, like taking 20 minutes to read a magazine or book before bed, I feel so much more centered, productive and inspired during the day. The facial was especially glorious. When she wrapped my head in the warm rosemary towel cocoon, I’m pretty sure I started purring.

Teaching is another one of my favorite forms of *me* time; the chance to do something I love so much.

Leggins

(Tried to take a pic of the cool mesh back of the leggings, but it’s not showing up too well!)

MY OTHER RECIPES


The Pilot has been out of town for work -he’s on his way home now and we can’t wait to see him!- so it’s been just the girls this week.

A sign that the Pilot is away:

quinoa.

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(I can make veggie meals while he’s home, which he kindly eats.. and is scrounging in the kitchen for a bowl of cereal 30 minutes later haha.)

We’ve also been having breakfast cookies,

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turkey chili (from the book!)

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and spending time with friends. We’ve checked out the lights in Point Loma, went out for pizza, enjoyed a park playdate, and have spent time at home watching movies and drinking hot cocoa. (I introduced it to Liv last week, and she’s appropriately obsessed.)

I’m excited to have my buddy back home. It’s lonely drinking a glass of wine and cheering for the Wildcats on my own 😉

Wine and wildcats

So today I thought I’d share a quick resistance band workout that you can do while traveling this holiday season. Resistance bands are a wonderful travel workout, as they’re extremely light and compact; perfect to stash in your suitcase.

Here’s a strength circuit to work your entire body in 20 minutes, just using the resistance bands and your own body weight.

Resistance band workout

Here are some links with how-tos for the resistance band moves:

Lunge

Lateral raises

Bent-over fly

Side steps

Triceps extensions

Biceps curl to overhead press

Resistance band twist

Let me know if you give it a try!

What’s something you’ve done as a treat for yourself lately? Fave spa service?? Massages and facials are my absolutely favorite. This is weird, but I really like having my eyebrows done! I think it’s because I appreciate any time my eyes are closed during the day haha.

See ya later tonight with a gift guide for your yogini friends!

Have a great night <3

xoxo

Gina

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29 Comments

  1. Kaila @healthyhelperblog! on December 11, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    Great workout! Now all I need is a resistance band LOL! Love that top you’re wearing in the mirror pic…where is it from?

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2014 at 4:18 pm

      thank you! it’s an old one from lulu 🙂

  2. Ashley @ A Lady Goes West on December 11, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    Glad your man is coming home, and we always deserve a little me time and pampering. I always figure that those of us in fitness can count massages as part of our job recovery. Right? I never leave home for an extended trip without my resistance band! I’ll be doing this or some version of it when I’m home in Florida for sure. Thanks!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2014 at 10:03 pm

      i totally agree! if only they could be tax deductible 🙂

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on December 11, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    One of the perks of being injured and starting to train again now is all the massages. I’m definitely gonna miss them! On the bright side, I can now treat myself to pedicures.

  4. Lauren @ The Bikini Experiment on December 11, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    I did my nails yesterday and that is always a small treat. It takes time but I feel so much better with color. 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      i’m the same way! even when i use the quick dry polish, i feel more fresh 😉

  5. Amber on December 11, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Haha I love getting an eyebrow wax! I find it totally relaxing! I think it’s the warm wax and laying back with my eyes closed.

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      i’m glad i’m not alone! haha

  6. Britt@MyOwnBalance on December 11, 2014 at 6:01 pm

    Oh I love a good massage and facial! I also love getting a good pedicure! I could use one right now!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2014 at 10:02 pm

      i like pedicures, but not my fave. i think it’s because i don’t like people picking at my feet? haha

  7. Sam @ Grapefruit & Granola on December 11, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I have never gotten a facial before but I love a nice massage every now and then 🙂

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2014 at 10:01 pm

      i think facials are just as glorious as massages 🙂 you would probably love it!

  8. Linda @ TheFitty on December 11, 2014 at 6:27 pm

    I love massages! fantastic way to destress.

  9. Katie on December 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm

    Oh that makes me laugh! … Your comment about the cereal & quinoa, my husband is the same way!

    • Fitnessista on December 11, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      haha! twinsies 😉

  10. Carrie (This Fit Chick) on December 11, 2014 at 7:47 pm

    Oh i could do with a massage AND that glass of wine!!

  11. Missy on December 12, 2014 at 3:17 am

    Something I’ve been doing (and loving) lately: yoga classes!

  12. Charlsie N on December 12, 2014 at 5:17 am

    Enjoying having your eyebrows done is not weird. I love when I get mine done cause then I know i don’t have to pluck them which I think is torture!

  13. Cassie Vaughn on December 12, 2014 at 5:41 am

    I’ve cut way back on my meat meals, but my hubs is the same way. So I just have shredded chicken or sausage on hand and toss it into whatever I make for myself. It works wonderfully!

  14. Livi @ Eat, Pray, Work It Out on December 12, 2014 at 11:04 am

    I love getting facials for a relaxing treat!

  15. Tracy on December 12, 2014 at 11:14 am

    What kind of leggings are they?

    My me time involves a date with my kindle, the couch and a blanket!

  16. Alex @ get big, go to work on December 12, 2014 at 3:05 pm

    I love anytime I splurge and get a massage every couple of months. It is such a nice time to relax and unwind and focus on being in the “now” for me. A rosemary face wrap sounds lovely too 🙂

  17. Crystal on December 12, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    Gina, you’re looking great! Good for you for taking some time for yourself. Gotta take care of ourselves if we want to take care of others! I love massages and pedicures the best…gonna try a facial soon, never got one!

  18. april on December 13, 2014 at 10:39 am

    love the leggings!

    i love getting my eyebrows done, as well! oddly enough, i get so relaxed that i can practically fall asleep during the waxing process 🙂

  19. Lucie@FitSwissChick on December 13, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    It’s been so long since I had a facial!! I need to book one.
    I really love to read my book before bed. it’s my favorite time of the day!

  20. Julianna on December 13, 2014 at 12:39 pm

    I love getting my eyebrows done too!!! Too funny 🙂

  21. Maggie on December 17, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Oooh-er, this workout sounds rad. I have a bag of resistance bands I bought a few months ago, and have only been using for outer and inner thigh exercises. I will have to give this workout a go!

    • Fitnessista on December 17, 2014 at 9:59 pm

      let me know how it goes!!

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