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Great Workout Motivators

Workout motivators

If you're anything like, oh, every other mom, working out somehow gets stuck between "Read fifth bedtime story" and "Clean out garage." Who has the time? Or, really, the drive? Well, you will now, because we've gathered the coolest fitness gear and easiest workout strategies to inspire you to get off the couch and get sweaty. What are you waiting for?

[pagebreak] Most low-tech way to work out with your child
Jump rope

Relive your playground days and burn calories with the Harbinger Speed Rope. The molded handles and steel bearings make this more comfortable to grip and faster to swing than most jump ropes. Jump with your chid or on your own while watching Ugly Betty. ($8, Harbinger Sports

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Pedometer

Sometimes we need to see the fruits of our labor as we work out. The Tech4O Accelerator Watch does everything your average watch does, but it also tells you precisely how far and fast you've walked and how many calories you've burned. All that, and it's cute, too. ($60, Tech4O )

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Pilates

Gwyneth and Madonna may extol the virtues of Pilates, but it can be hard (and expensive!) to actually attend classes. The Pilates: Body in Motion Deck lets you try the exercises in the comfort of your home, with 52 different moves, each clearly explained and illustrated. ($13, Amazon.com)

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Sports bra

Pulling a tight sports bra over your head is annoying (especially if you're sore or nursing). The High Impact Zipper Bra is easy to slip on and has padded straps for extra comfort and a mesh and jersey lining to soak up excess sweat. What's not to love? ($38, Jockey)

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Tank top

The Champion Powerlite Seamless Empire Tech Tank is so stylish, it could double as an everyday top. And the built-in bra and forgiving empire waist make it comfortable, too. ($36, Champion USA)

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Workout DVDs

Most workout DVDs end up collecting dust because they feature 30-minute sessions that you probably don't have time to fit in. 10 Minute Solution: Tone Trouble Zones, on the other hand, splits up the workout so you can do it in quick spurts whenever the baby's napping. The DVD comes with a resistance band to use it in the exercises, which target hard-to-tone spots like abs, thighs, and shoulders. ($17, Amazon.com)

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Jogging stroller

Spice up your daily stroll or jog: The BOB Stroller Strides Fitness Strolleris lightweight and easy to maneuver  -- and it has two hefty shock absorbers to cushion your little passenger. It also comes with a water-bottle holder, exercise bands, and a Stroller Strides manual full of ideas for simple exercises you can do with your child. ($379, Bobgear.com)

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