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6/25/09 10:10 A

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Thanks for the info. The chair one sounds almost like the chair pose in yoga.

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6/25/09 9:43 A

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The following article is from Shape Magazine with some toning tips. I am constantly looking for ways to fit in fitness through out my day. Try some or all of the tips below.

6 Sneak-It-In Toning Tips

Hover Squat:
Hover above a chair seat as if you were going to sit down, without letting your butt or thighs touch the seat. Hold for 30 seconds, building up to 1 minute. Do these whenever you get a moment, aiming for once an hour.

Kitchen Dip:
Every time you're in the kitchen, perform triceps dips using a kitchen chair: Stand in front of a chair as if you were going to sit down, then bend knees and lower hips, placing hands on the seat edge, fingers pointing forward, arms straight. Walk feet forward, and with feet flat and torso erect, bend and straighten arms, keeping butt close to chair seat without touching it. Do 8-15 reps.

Shopping Squeeze:
As you push your shopping cart, or whenever you're walking, contract your butt muscles as tightly as you can and keep them contracted as you walk. (No one has to know!)

Commercial Crunch:
Anytime a commercial comes on while you're watching television, do an ab exercise of your choice until the show you're watching returns; pick a new ab move for each ad.

Telephone Walk:
Whenever you're on a cellular or cordless phone at home, walk around for the duration of the conversation. (Wear a pedometer and see the steps add up.)

Balancing Act:
When you brush your teeth, or while standing at the kitchen sink, lift one leg slightly and bend and straighten your standing leg to perform one-legged squats. Tighten your buttocks and keep your abs contracted as you squat. After 10-15 reps, switch legs and repeat.


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