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Front Kicks: Begin by standing with hands on hips and feet shoulder-width apart. Bring right knee up and extend leg forward into front kick. Repeat with left leg. Continue to alternate slowly. Keep feet flexed and avoid kicking too high.
Full Sit-Ups: Lie on your back, with knees bent and feet flat on the ground. Bring your hands behind your head and cradle your neck. Sit up as far as you can, but avoid straining. Beginners may want to have someone hold their feet.
Power Push-Ups: Do a push-up and stand up quickly. Lower back down and repeat.
Side Shuffles: Get into a squat. Shuffle to the right end of your space and then shuffle back to the left. Continue to go back and forth.
Cool Down: Stand, reaching right arm overhead and lean to the left for a side stretch. Hold for 10 seconds. Reverse. Clasp hands behind your butt and lift chest up. Hold for 10 seconds. Take a deep breath and reach hands to the sky, then exhale and shake everything out.
Originally published in the March 2011 issue of Family Circle magazine.