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1. Forearm Plank with Belly Breath

Get down on your hands and knees, wrists under your shoulders. Lower your forearms to the floor, then straighten your legs and body to form a straight line from head to toes. Hold this position, inhaling deeply through your nose and exhaling through your mouth as you contract your abdominals for 10 seconds [shown]. Lower your chest to the floor and do push-ups for 30 seconds. Repeat this sequence three times.

BENEFITS: Strengthens core muscles, including the abdominals, lower back and butt

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2. Cardio Blast

Stand with feet hipwidth apart, hands on hips and abs contracted. Step into a side lunge with your right leg, bending your knee 90 degrees [a]. Return to starting position and repeat with your left leg. Do 10 lunges, alternating sides, working up to 30. Shift your weight to the right foot and tap your left foot on the floor [b]. Repeat taps for 30 seconds, alternating feet. Repeat this sequence three times.

BENEFITS: Strengthens butt and thighs

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3. Lateral and Front Raise

Holding a 5-pound dumbbell in each hand, stand with your feet hip-width apart, arms at sides, palms down. Inhale, then exhale as you raise your arms out to the sides to shoulder height [a]. Lower arms, then raise them in front of you to shoulder height, palms facing in
[b]. Lower to starting position. Repeat sequence 20 times.

BENEFITS: Strengthens arms and shoulders

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4. Cardio Blast

Stand with feet hip-width apart, hands on hips and abs contracted. Take a large step back with your right foot, bending both knees 90 degrees, back knee approaching the floor [a]. Press into your left foot to stand up and raise your right leg in front of you to hip height, straightening leg and squeezing thigh [b]. Repeat 15 times. Switch sides and repeat.

BENEFITS: Strengthens butt and thighs

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5. Fingertip Slides ands Bicycles

Lie on your back with knees bent and feet flat. Lift your head and shoulders off the floor, contracting your abs, and place your fingertips on your thighs. Inhale, then exhale as you lift higher, sliding your hands toward your knees [a]. Return to starting position and repeat 30 times. Place your hands behind your head and lift your head, shoulders and feet off the floor, bending knees into your chest. Begin to bicycle your legs, reaching each elbow to the opposite knee [b]. Repeat 30 times, alternating sides. Repeat this sequence three times.

BENEFITS: Strengthens abdominals

Move it to lose it! For more post-baby workouts, go to fitpregnancy.com/postnatalworkouts.

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