Welcome to the second week of the Pilates Summer Series!

First things first, we have a winner to announce….

The winner of the $150.00 Athleta gift card is @jal702 on Instagram! 

Congratulations Julie! Enjoy your shopping spree! Send me an email to claim your prize. Thank you to all who participated. Don’t worry, there are more incredible giveaways to come and your past entries/posts will continue to count! So hang in there and stay engaged. :)

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Summer is definitely drawing near. It was 80 degrees here over the weekend and absolutely gorgeous. As the weather warms up it’s important to stay hydrated. Increasing your daily water intake is one of the easiest things you can to do improve your health.

We’re blessed with clean, easily accessible drinking water so really there’s no excuse. But don’t be fooled into thinking you have to guzzle plain water day in and day out. Have fun with it!

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I’ve been creating infused detox waters over the past few months and I can’t get enough. They’re refreshing, delicious and nice to have on hand when friends stop by. Perfect to keep you cool and healthy as the days get longer and sun get stronger.

My favorite combinations…

Strawberry-Chocolate Mint

Blackberry-Lime

Cucumber-Lemon

Strawberry-Basil

Lemon-Lime-Orange

Kiwi-Strawberry

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How To:

  • Wash and chop fruit and herbs and add to a jar/bottle of cold water with ice..
  • Refrigerate for at least 3 hours prior to drinking to allow flavors and nutrients to diffuse.
  • I recommend using organic fruit since you’re essentially bathing the fruit in your drinking water.
  • One batch will last approximately 24 hours. Simply make a new batch with fresh fruit every morning.

Create your own infused detox water based on your personal needs:

To reduce boating: lemon, lime, cucumber

To promote relaxation: strawberry, sage, basil

To detoxify: lemon, lime, ginger, mint, watermelon, cucumber

To boost metabolism: tangerine, grapefruit

Head to the kitchen and prep a detox water with whatever you have on hand. That way it will be ready for you once you complete today’s workout. :)

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We’re back to the abs again today and I think you’ll love it. Today I want you to focus on moving slow, with control and precision. Don’t rush the exercises. Faster and “harder” isn’t always better. Follow my lead and remember to breathe. :)

Today’s Check-In: Show me how you’re hydrating!

Use the #PilatesSummerSeries hashtag and feel free to browse what others are posting for some helpful hydration inspiration.

xo,

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disclaimer: these videos were created for individuals in good health. Robin recommends that you speak with your doctor prior to beginning a new exercise routine. By doing this video you do so at your own risk and agree to release Robin Long and The Balanced Life of any and all liability. Clothing generously provided by Athleta.