Fitness & Health + Albion Fit

Trust us when we say we are not the poster children for keeping a rigorous workout schedule, and most days we'd rather eat a dozen cookies than go for a jog. That being said, staying active and healthy is something we try to prioritize in our lives so that we can be more balanced, happy, and capable of keeping up with the demands of school, work, and music!

We've teamed up with Albion Fit to share with you how we best fit in a good workout in our lives, what we each like to do, as well as why it's important to stay active! What better motivation to work out than some adorable workout gear?! Use the code gardinersisters15 for 15% off on their website until May 31st. You can also enter our giveaway on Instagram for you and a friend to each win a $50 gift card to Albion Fit! To be entered, you must follow @albionfit here and tag a friend in a comment on this photo we posted!

Mandi's Active Advice: 
Give yourself 15-30 mins a day to do an activity you love! 
I really enjoy being in the great outdoors, so I try to go for a jog around the neighborhood, walk around the lake, or get out on a hike. Doing what you love while exercising is the BEST combo, and will have you feeling great and balanced physically and emotionally. 

My Workout Routine:
Ok, so let's be honest, people like me just need to take it one day at a time.
 The weather and my schedule have everything to do with how I choose to workout that day, so I don't exactly have a set workout. Thanks to YouTube, we have so many options for our busy schedules! I like to head to the XHit Channel for some core and strength exercises. Each is about 10-15 minutes long, so depending on how much time I have, I'll do two or three of those, and I do that 2-3 days a week. I love how they have a video for everything! 
For my cardio I try to hit the gym twice a week and I'll run 2-3 miles each time I go (depending on how confident I feel that day... most of the time it's like barely a mile) Ha! 
I also clean. Does cleaning count as working out? Or eating? I'm good at eating. 

Healthy Habits:
Speaking of food... Feeling good and having energy is all about eating and sleeping well. 
It is hard to do my friends, trust me, I totally get it! The times that I do figure it out though, I feel SO great, and I'm definitely trying to be better at that eat-well, sleep-well balance thing! 
Basically I eat all day long, so I try to start with a big healthy breakfast of acai bowls, steel cut oats and berries, omeletes, etc. Just check out my instagram, you'll see what I mean. For energy throughout the day and an even better workout, breakfast is essential! I love snacking on fruits and veggies, and yes, cookies! It's so fun to experiment with different foods and come up with a great salad or banana muffin recipe. Just remember to have fun with it, and experiment with different activities to help you feel great and happy! Try running one day, yoga the next, surfing, hiking, or heck, why not P90X? Ok, I'll probably never do P90X, but y'all get what I'm saying.
Have fun finding the activities and foods you will love that will help you take care of your mind and body, and figure out what brings you that ultimate happy balance!  
Stay active and have fun!
<3 Mandi
 P.S Albion Fit workout clothing is absolute heaven. 


 Mandi's Outfit: Pink Top, Striped Leggings

Allie's Active Advice:
1. Do what you LOVE
2. Set realistic goals
4. Eat right
5.Get enough sleep
3. Wear cute workout clothes (AKA Albion Fit) ;)

My Workout Routine:
I used to never be the best at being motivated to work out. A couple years ago I decided to try out a barre/pilates class and absolutely loved it. It was there that I learned what it meant to really work out. And how long and how intense you have to do it in order for it to be effective. Taking classes is my favorite way to work out because I can just tune out my thoughts and be told what to do. 
The only problem with classes is that it can get a little pricey. So, I decided to figure out an alternative method. YouTube has some incredible workout channels. I found X-Hit's channel about a year ago and love their videos. A couple months ago however I switched over to another channel called "Fitness Blender". It. is. AMAZING. They have so many hour long work out videos that include the warm up and cool down/stretch (SO NICE). I also love how there is no music in the background so I can play my own workout playlist to get me pumped! 
To start out, I would recommend the free 5 Day Challenge that they offer on their channel. After I did that, I was hooked. On their website they also have programs that you can purchase where they put together videos for you depending on what you want to target/achieve. Right now I'm in the middle of an 8 week program and it's killer! 
I used to think that strength training would make me bulky- But then I realized how essential it is! It doesn't make you bulky, and I actually prefer having some muscle tone ;) 

Healthy Habits:
Not sure if I can even say I practice what I preach- keeping up with healthy habits is not always the easiest! It really is just all about remembering the little things- getting enough sleep, eating healthy, exercising, meditating, being social, you know... All that good stuff.
Diet plays a huge role in your overall wellness. I find that I feel best if I cook fresh meals at home. It's cheaper than eating out and so much better for you in so many ways. 
It's so important to take care of your body! Treat yourself well in order to stay healthy and to be able to function at your best!
Again- set realistic goals. And if you get off track for a couple days don't fret! Just get back into it as soon as possible ;) 

Hailey's Active Advice: 
I absolutely LOVE to work out! Now, does that mean I do it as much as I should or that I am super amazing at lifting weights and running long distances? Absolutely not! I go through phases where I'm really active and focused and then I forget how much I love that wonderful high you get after pushing your body to the limit and find myself slowly getting out of the habit. The key for me is consistency
I set a goal for myself a couple months ago to work out more consistently, and I'm super happy to say that I have set and met many personal fitness goals since. Our bodies truly are amazing and capable of so much! It feels so good to be fit, strong and healthy and helps me to feel confident and content with my body.

My Workout Routine:
I have found that working out first thing in the early morning when I wake up works best for me, before my brain has time to make excuses and catch up with my body! I work out 5 days a week for 30 minutes each day, and "working out" for me may mean something entirely different than what it means to you. Our bodies are all made differently, so you should tailor your workout to your personal skills, abilities and needs! I am not the kind of person who likes going to the gym, so I'd rather hike to get in my cardio instead of run on the treadmill. On a daily basis, I choose to do 3 workout videos a day at home from one of my favorite channels on YouTube called Xhit, as Mandi mentioned. You can check out my playlist I use every day here! I like variety and so I mix up working upper body, lower body, cardio, and abs each day. I also have a love/hate relationship with Jillian Michaels, and try to do her Six Week Six Pack level one workout at least once a week. It's killer, but feels so good when you're done!

Healthy Habits:
Being the sugar-loving, candy-craving, chocolate obsessed person that I am, my biggest battle is choosing to eat well and balance out my sweet tooth with healthier food options. I have hypoglycemia, so when my blood sugar is low I get SUPER hangry and have learned to eat literally all day long. I've learned how to eat to maximize my energy with lots of protein, nuts, granola bars (I LOVE Kind Bars), fish, quinoa, cheese and fresh fruit if I'm really wanting sugar and don't have any on hand =). It's totally fine to eat chocolate chip cookies and peanut m&m's as a treat, as long as you make sure you are fueling your body with food that will give you the energy you need to feel good throughout your day.
I also recently invested in a bunch of super cute, bright and colorful workout gear that totally motivates me to get up and active first thing in the morning! I have have recently found and am obsessed with Albion Fit and am so excited to get to share their adorable gear (and swimwear!) with you! 
Being active and fit makes you HAPPY! Show yourself some love and set aside time every single day to strengthen and push your body - it's an amazing, beautiful, completely unique gift from God to you!

Pure Athleticism. HA!

What do you do to stay healthy, fit & happy?
- Gardiner Sisters-