The Challenge: I've either been pregnant or nursing for the past three years, ¿ Osborne says. My body has not been my own. ¿ It's also been hard to fit in the time for exercise.
The Solution: Fitness expert [XREF "1047020_6" "Sharon Monplaisir"] created a plan for giving Osborne's body back to its rightful owner.
1. Power-walk -- solo. While Osborne enjoyed strolls with kids and dog in tow, she was craving alone time. Not only can she pick up the pace when she's by herself (when Brian's at home), she can turn exercise into me ¿ time (mental fitness is important, too!).
2. Find strength. Using an exercise band (Monplaisir's favorite: JC Bands, which have handles; available at [XREF "http://powersystems.com/" "Powersytems.com"]), Osborne can work out in any room. Strength training gives her a chance to focus on her body -- and remind herself that it's capable of more than breastfeeding and lifting little kids!
3. Strike a pose. Incorporating yoga moves into her daily life will give Osborne a shot at serenity. Even taking some time to breathe slowly under a tree is rejuvenating -- especially for a mom with a full day ahead of her, ¿ Monplaisir says. For moves to try at home, she suggests Rodney Yee's DVDs ([XREF "http://yeeyoga.com" "yeeyoga.com"]) or [XREF "http://www.instore.com/instore/ppesearch?k=The+Yoga+Deck&ref=aol025&refe=ti-parenting-c" "The Yoga Deck"] ($15, Chronicle Books).