Work Hard, Barre Harder

…or in my case lately, barre not at all.

Other than visiting PBGP every chance I get, I haven’t stepped foot in my studio here in Kzoo in over 2 months. Between buying a house, moving, freelancing, starting some home improvement projects, and then getting brought onto a time-intensive project at work, any free time I have is spent sitting on the couch doing as little as humanly possible. And I’m not happy about it.

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But as I was thinking about what to write for this post, I realized (with Joe’s help) that I’d been incorporating some Barre movements into my every day life without even thinking about it!

Calf raises while waiting for food to heat up.

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Plank pulses while setting tile.

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Tucks while stopped at red lights. (This one doesn’t get a GIF. Too awkward.)

And I’m sure there are so many other things I do without even thinking about it that are helping keep my body toned while on this unintentional Barre-hiatus. In fact, I’m pretty sure my twice-daily bout of sneezing is equivalent to at least a 35 second plank 😉

And more calf raises.

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Really though, I find myself doing calf raises ALL the time. Waiting in line at the grocery store, waiting for a conference room to open up at work, waiting for a table at a restaurant…basically any time I’m waiting for anything.

That said…nothing beats that hour to myself in the studio. If I was able to find time to go to PBGP during senior year finals, while planning a wedding, and preparing for a trip to Paris – I can find time now. Heck, my body and brain could especially use that hour when I’m feeling overwhelmed with everything else going on.

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Plus, lets be real. Living in a city that’s known for its beer could turn into a real problem. Real fast.

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So what’s the point of this post? Other than me rambling/convincing myself it’s time to go back to Bent 9. That it’s easy to incorporate small bits of exercise into your daily life? Maybe. Or maybe that we should be more mindful of the importance of that hour to yourself, for yourself. Maybe it’s not an hour. Maybe you practice yoga instead of barre.

You decide 🙂


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Muchas gracias to SimplyWorkout for the Barre Vibes tank and ombré sticky socks seen in this post. If you haven’t checked out their website or Instagram, you’re missing out on some great stuff!

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iOS 10 Sticker Fun

So I’ve had iOS 10 since July, but with the official release came a bunch of stickers to use within messages…and needless to say, I’ve been enjoying them to their fullest extent. Sure, maybe it’s overkill, but LOOK HOW CUTE.2699dcc2e3e49aec6f871e811b8eb9af-sticker 72853cacce2c6a99fb12082f63f3960d-sticker-2

Okay so maybe spending $2 for a “Disney Cats & Dogs” sticker pack is a little much. That said, I’ve gotten more enjoyment out of my phone in the last 12 hours than in a while. Totally worth it.

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But really! Think of all the awkward situations that you can now get out of with the help of an Elmo shrug GIF or cute kitty! 😉 Anyone else having fun with the stickers yet?

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