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Getting Your Shape Back

Arm Stretch - extend right arm over head, bending at the waist, reach left, repeat with left arm, reaching over right side, bending at the waist. Repeat 5 times each side.

Hamstring Stretch - Lie on your back, knees bent. Lift one leg, bring it up towards you. Hold your calf, gently pulling closer towards your chest. Hold to the count of 10, release and switch to other leg.

Leg Stretch - sitting on floor with legs apart, reach to right foot, switch to left foot. Repeat 5 times each side.

Exercise Tips

Tummy Crunches - Lie on the floor (on your back), bend knees, and look forward. Curl shoulders and head up off the floor, pulling in abdominal muscles, blowing air out as you come up, lower back down to floor, breathing in. Repeat 5 times, increasing as you get stronger.

Tummy Crunch with twist - Lie on the floor (on your back), bend knees, blowing air out, lift head and shoulders up, stretch right hand across to left knee, switch to left side. Repeat 5 times each side, increasing as you get stronger.

Leg Lifts - Standing nice and straight with a chair in front of you, knees slightly bent, extend one leg out behind you, lift and lower keeping tummy tucked in, switch to other side. Repeat 5 times each leg.

Hips and Thighs - Lie on right your side, slightly bend leg, tuck in abdomen keeping toes facing forward. Raise left leg, then lower. Switch to other side, repeat 5 times each leg.

Follow your exercise with a cool down, like the stretching tips mentioned before. Set realistic goals for yourself and gradually increase your repetitions as you get stronger. Remember, if you're unable to do these exercises, there are alternatives. But whatever you choose, be consistent with your exefcise and in keeping a healthy diet, and you'll be looking and feeling like your "old self" in no time. Be patient and committed to getting yourself back into shape and it will happen.

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