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2. Stationary lunges Stand with your left hand on a railing and your right hand on your hip. Contract your abs and take a large step forward with your right foot, bending both knees so your right knee is in line with your right ankle and your left knee points toward the ground, left heel lifted. Straighten both legs and repeat for reps. Then work the other leg by turning to face the opposite direction. Strengthens buttocks, quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.
3. Standing push-ups Stand 2 feet from a wall, toes facing forward; place your hands on the wall at chest height, arms straight, knees slightly bent. Place your feet hip-width apart, your body at a 45-degree angle to the wall. Contract abdominals and drop your tailbone. Keeping your heels on the ground, bend your elbows out to the sides so your entire body leans in toward the wall. Straighten arms to return to starting position without locking elbows; repeat for reps. Strengthens chest, shoulders and triceps.
4. Bench dips Sit on a bench and place your hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart on the edge, arms straight. Walk your feet out in front of you so your knees are bent at a 90-degree angle, thighs parallel to the floor, then lift your hips off the seat. Bend your elbows to lower your torso toward the floor until your elbows are bent at nearly a 90-degree angle. Straighten arms and repeat for reps. Keep buttocks close to the bench seat as you lift and lower your body. Strengthens triceps.
5. Wall abs Lean your entire back against a wall, then walk your feet out about a foot in front of you. Place your hands behind your head, fingertips touching, elbows facing forward. Contract your abs and bring one knee up to hip height. Tilt your pelvis up, bringing your knee toward your chest. At the same time, gently curl your torso forward toward your raised knee; keep your lower back against the wall. Lower your foot to the ground and repeat, alternating with the other knee for reps (1 leg lift on each side equals 1 rep). Strengthens abs.