Kim Austin doesn't have time to waste time in the gym—and neither do you. That's why she advocates this circuit-type workout. Do each of these three moves once, then repeat the entire series 1-3 more times. To boost the burn even more, walk or jog for 20-30 minutes after you complete the full circuit.
- Stand with your feet about hip-width apart, holding a pair of 5 lb dumbbells at your sides. Bend your knees and slowly squat down as far as is comfortable. Don't let your knees go past your toes as you squat. Push through your heels to return to the starting position.
- Keeping your elbows near your sides, curl both hands toward your shoulders.
- Rotate your arms until your palms are facing away from your body and press both dumbbells overhead. Reverse the motion, bringing your arms back into the curl position, and slowly lower to your sides. Do 8-10 repetitions, then walk in place or on a treadmill for two minutes.
- Stand with your feet hip-width apart, holding a pair of 5lb dumbbells at your sides. Step forward about two feet with your left foot. Bend both legs to 90 degrees (don't let your left knee go past your toes). Push off your left foot back to starting position. Repeat with right foot.
- Keeping your back straight, lean forward from your hips until your torso reaches about 90 degrees. Let your arms extend toward the floor with your palms facing each other. Then bend your arms and pull your hands toward your torso, squeezing your shoulder blades together. Slowly lower your hands and return to starting position. Do 8-10 repetitions, then walk in place for two minutes.
- Kneel down and, keeping your torso straight, place your hands on the floor directly beneath your shoulders. Face the floor and keep your body in a straight line from the top of your head through your lower back (don't let your hips sag!).
- Bend your arms to lower your torso toward the floor. Pause; push through your hands to extend your arms until they are straight. Do 8-10 repetitions, then walk in place for two minutes.