how I stay in shape

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Photography by Britney Gill 

Working out used to be about looking good for me.. and it still is to some extent, but it’s a lot more about how I feel when I do. Even if my weight stays the same, I feel better, stronger, sexier when I work out.

However, I am not someone who will spend hours working out/running. I would rather get in, get out and get on with my day. Over time, I’ve inadvertently developed my own routine that is quick, easy and can be done pretty much anywhere (with stairs). I like to include cardio (which tones my legs too) and work out my arms + abs. Here’s the breakdown in 6 steps:

– Run up and down a set of stairs 10 times
– 20 V-up crunches (these really get your whole body)
– 15 Push ups (I do modified ones on my knees, but do whatever you can!)
– Side plank + touch– 15 to 20 per side
– 10 Tricep dips
– Plank (1 min)
Repeat 3-5 times 

I usually alternate between a run/hike with my dog and this circuit a few times a week.
I swear I’ve never had better abs than when I do this!

I’ve also teamed up with local company Karma Athletics to give you guys 25% off (I’m obsessed with this tank)… Plus they’re giving a percentage of what you spend to charity. Shopping for a good cause? It doesn’t get much better than that. Use code JILLIANLANSKY4KARMA and happy shopping!



  1. 11.02.2015 / 5:09 am

    I couldn’t agree with you more – I feel sooooo much better when i work out. i’ve been getting into hot yoga lately and let me tell you … feeling like a new person, both mentally and physically.

    • 11.04.2015 / 10:36 am

      I love hot yoga too! I should start going again….

      • 11.04.2015 / 11:29 am

        it’s the best. i literally feel like a new person after.

  2. 11.02.2015 / 1:10 pm

    Same, at a certain point I think we start thinking about our overall health instead of looks. I hate working out at a gym and prefer the outdoors or a class instead. I’m going to add those V-ups to my routine though.

    • 11.04.2015 / 10:36 am

      Absolutely, i’m the same way Leslie… and let me know how you like those V-ups!

  3. Chloé
    07.31.2016 / 11:57 am

    Hi Jill!

    Great tips and advices! Got me inspired! Love it that you are (of course!) stylish as well in (of course! 😉 ) black and white.

    If you do not mind me asking but what sports bra are you using or recommend?

    • August Diaries
      07.31.2016 / 1:59 pm

      Hi Chloe,

      Thanks! I’ve been wearing Nike sports bras for forever, they’re super supportive and comfortable:

      xx Jill

  4. 12.19.2017 / 5:05 pm

    Hi Jill
    I have a female owned & run skincare company and would love to mail you our cleanser and moisture rich emollient to see what you think. It’s been carried in derm offices and direct ordered for years (skincare line was created by Dr Albert Kligman, inventor of Retin-A). Thanks!

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