Awkward Vodka Bootcamp

No, this is not a drinking bootcamp. This is actually something your body will thank you for while you hibernate this winter.

If you like to drink as much as we do, it’s very important to try and stay active at the same time. And as we head into colder, darker months, it’s harder to get motivated to work out and stay fit. So we’ve come up with a very doable routine that anyone – seasoned athletes and rookies both – can commit to throughout the winter. It’s as easy as 1-2-3:

  1. awesome playlist
  2. days of circuit training
  3. days of cardio

The workout:

To avoid boredom and make time pass quickly (which is super important if you hate working out as much as we do), circuit workouts are key. Here’s a plan we suggest:

  • 5 minutes of warm-up
  • 10 minutes of circuits: 2 minutes of cardio (jumping jacks, high knees, quick feet, etc.) followed by 1 minutes of strength (push-ups, planks, squats, etc.) and end with 1 minute of rest time. REPEAT 3 TIMES
  • 5 minutes to cool-down

Based on your current fitness level, repeat the circuit anywhere from three to five times. We started with three and that has proved to be a tough enough 40 minutes for us…for now 🙂 You can mix and match your cardio and strength activities to keep the workout interesting. We have decided to do a different activity each time, which seems to be working well and is definitely challenging. Especially when we get to the ones we hate doing  – like burpees.

Then for the days of cardio, we prefer to go to 45-minute cycling classes, but you can do anything you’d like. Running, biking, swimming – whatever suits you best. And mix it up!

There you have it, Awkward Vodka’s workout plan. Much better than Kanye’s if I do say so myself.

It’s as easy as that! Well let me take that back. It’s not as easy as it sounds. See the picture below as evidence. That’s us after Day 1:

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But our plan is to continue to stick with this routine so eventually it will become easier. And we’ll be super strong. See us already on Day 3. Look at that confidence, already taking barftastic gym mirror selfies:

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Tips to keep in mind:

Hydrate. It is very important to stay hydrated before, during and after workouts.
Solicit a workout buddy. Let me tell you, it is way easier to get out of bed in the morning / stay accountable to these workouts if you know someone else is joining you. Plus, it’s always fun to have someone to commiserate with while going through these hellish activities.
Use apps: Not just for drinking anymore! One of our fav power hour app also works as a handy timer/playlist as we’re going through our circuits. After a minute, the song changes and so does our activity. We don’t need to keep an eye on the clock and get to enjoy soooo much more good pump-up music than with a regular playlist.

Let us know if you have any other tips or workouts we should consider. Joining us on our fitness kick? Let us know! We’d love to complain with you about how much it sucks.

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Happy National Vodka Day!

It’s like Christmas for Vodka lovers – National Vodka Day!

Here are some ideas of how to celebrate:

1. Try out a new vodka drink, like this delicious one.

2. Get a tattoo of the word “Vodka”

3. Go to happy hour after work. Drink lots.

4. Play a fun drinking game like Ring of Fire or the iPod Game.

5. Black Out.

6. Do a taste test between different types of vodka. Be sure to try out a new kind you’ve never had before.

7. Take artsy photos of Vodka bottles, martinis and other delicious vodka drinks and post on your Instagram, Facebook, Foursquare and Twitter. Extra points if your chugging straight from the bottle in the pic.

8. Drink like a 21-year-old.

9. Order a vodka shot when you’re out tonight. Just vodka – nothing extra.

10. Stay out celebrating until at least 5 a.m.

For those of your who love everything awesome – it’s also National Taco Day!

BEST. DAY. EVER.

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New Fave Drink: Vodka + Water + Special Ingredient

Vodka diet coke has been my favorite drink since I started drinking. It’s so easy and delicious. However, everyone likes to try out something new every once & awhile.

My new favorite drink: vodka water.

Well not just vodka water, but vodka + water + a squirt of MiO water flavoring

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Why I love this drink:

  1. Water – Since the drink is mostly water, you don’t get as dehydrated when drinking it. It’s the perfect drink for a day-party.
  2. Delicious – It’s so good. So far I’ve had strawberry and mango, and both are really yummy.
  3. Choices – You can change the flavor of a regular drink by adding lemons or limes, but this drink really gives you options.
  4. Low Cal – There are zero cals in MiO and water, so the only cals you’re drinking is from the Vodka.
  5. Gut Rot-Free – After a day of drinking something delicious and fruity like a strawberry daiquiri or cosmo, you probably get a bit of a tummy ache. That totally doesn’t happen with this drink! So awesome.

So try it out! You’ll love it.