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Easy Exercises for Moms

Love-handle minimizer
Tones the oblique muscles (the waist)

Love Handle Minimizer exercise


? Stand up straight, with your legs hip-width apart.

? Contract your abdominal muscles to engage your core, and hold your baby (or a 10-pound medicine ball) slightly out in front of your chest, with your elbows bent at a 45-degree angle. Be sure to keep your shoulders down and relaxed.

? Swivel at your waist to the left. Hold this position for 3 seconds.

?Swivel back to your center.

? Swivel to your right, holding the position for 3 seconds. Then come back to the center.

? Do 2 to 3 sets of 5 to 10 repetitions.

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Next: Bicep builder

Bicep builder
Works the bicep muscles and shoulders

Bicep Builder exercise



? Stand up straight, with your legs hip-width apart.

? Contract your abdominal muscles to engage your core and hold your baby (or the medicine ball) slightly out in front of your chest, with your elbows bent at a 45-degree angle (and close to the sides of your body).

? Bring your baby (or the ball) in to your chest, then lower her down so she's at your thighs. Hold her there for 3 seconds.

? Bring your baby up again to your chest, and hold that position for 3 seconds.

? Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions. If you need a break, give your baby a hug.

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Next: Glute bridge

Glute bridge
Strengthens and tones the glutes (butt) and lower back

Glute Bridge exercise



? Lie down on your back and bend your knees so your kneecaps are facing the ceiling. Put your feet on the floor.

? Place your baby on your lower tummy, between your hips. (You can also do this exercise without your child.)

? Contract your abs and lift your hips in the air while pressing your feet on the floor and tightening your bottom and thighs. Your baby will get a little lift and provide you with extra resistance. Hold for 3 seconds.

? Lower your hips back down to the ground. Then lift your hips up again.

? Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions.

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Next: Plié squat

Plié squat
Targets the glutes (bottom), inner thighs, and the abs

Plié Squat exercise



? Stand up straight, with your legs shoulder-width apart and your toes turned out like a duck's.

? If you want, hold your baby (with both arms) close to your chest, keeping your shoulders down and back. Your baby will add extra resistance.

? Contract your abdominal muscles, then bend your knees at an almost 90-degree angle to squat (or plié) down. Hold for a few seconds.

? Be careful not to lean forward. Instead, keep your back flat and stomach in.

? Straighten back up, and repeat the squat.

? Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 15 repetitions.

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Sources: Debbie Rocker, fitness expert and author of Training for Life, and Valerie Waters, certified personal trainer.

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