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Easy Exercises for Moms

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.