5 Moves to Boost Your Calorie Burn

Doing these strengthening moves a few times a week can help you burn more calories every day.

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Elbow-to-Knee Crunch


Begin by lying on your back with feet on the floor, knees bent and hands at your temples. Draw inward and try to touch elbows and knees together over your stomach. Repeat 10-20 times; rest and complete another 2 sets.

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Active Side Plank


Lie on your right side with right elbow on the floor. Place feet directly on top of each other. Pull hips up off the ground until your body is in a straight line from shoulders to heels. Lower hips toward the floor, but don't let them touch it. Raise and lower 10 times. Repeat on left elbow.

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Start on your hands and knees with arms straight but not locked. Walk feet back until you're in a push-up position. Hold there for 20-30 seconds—don't let your body sag downward. Rest and repeat 1 time.

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Single-Leg Deadlift


Stand with feet together, holding light weights or soup cans. Tilt your entire upper body forward as you lift your left leg behind you. Reach toward the floor while holding weights. When you begin to lose your balance, return to standing in a smooth motion. Do 10 reps before switching legs. Rest and repeat.

Originally published in the October 1, 2009, issue of Family Circle magazine.

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