My Five Must Haves for Mid-Summer “Survival”


Beach Bum Exercises

Mid-Summer Bum Workout from Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga on Vimeo.

Keep these powerful muscles toned and shaped all summer.  Glute strengthening will not only stave off low back pain but you’ll also love the way your shorts fit.

Long Sleeves, Scarves, and Hats

Sunscreen rashguard and bikini

In summer?  Yes! Be done with the sun!  I stopped sunbathing when I was in my early 20s and I know my skin is thanking me now, but the years of lifeguarding and living in Bermuda are unforgiving.  Even if it’s a short bike ride to work I am definitely sporting a sunscreen shirt. Try this one from lululemon.

Acai Bowls

Sambazon Acai

Just like Elizabeth from The Shoe Hive, I am addicted to these healthy meals, so I learned how to make them at home! Buy the frozen acai bowl/smoothie packs at MOM’s Organic Market and follow the recipe on the back.  Get creative with healthy toppings: blueberries, hemp seeds, coconut, honey, granola, Golgi berries, bee pollen.  It’s an instant healthy breakfast or lunch.

Workout Strategy


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FREE TRIAL PBC MAY 2016 from Mind the Mat Pilates & Yoga on Vimeo.

Keep it going. Just because you are on vacay, doesn’t mean it’s time to slow down or pause this important key to a long, happy life.  Streaming workouts in your hotel room are key to maintaining your fitness program.  There are so many to choose from: have you seen our Vimeo workouts?  Try your best to work out every day. Carving out time seems tough, but if you work at it, you will find little pockets of time.

Homemade Lemonade

peach lemonade on the porch

My 6-year-old and I are loving all the organic combos.  We make it together for the perfect afternoon activity and refreshment.  And it’s good for us!  Want to make the “adult version”?  Add some good tequila or some Tito’s and it’s summer cocktail time!

Organic Peach (or Raspberry) Lemonade

4 Organic lemons

1 Organic peach or 1 small package raspberries

Organic agave, to taste

Italian soda water

Squeeze and “smush” all ingredients together and let them sit for an hour in the fridge (I’m sure three hours is best but we can’t wait that long!). Strain and serve over ice in a Ball jar if possible!

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