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Best Exercises to Get Back in Shape

Woman working out at homeThere are always a lot of excuses if a person does not want to do something like exercise. However, if a woman really wants to get back into shape, there are no reasons needed. According to Chestnut Hill’s top fitness studio for women, the only thing they need to do is show up and get moving.

The following are some top exercises for women who want to stay fit:

Side Plank

The side plank exercises the abs and the helps shrink the waistline. To do this, starting from the prone position, turn and lie on your left side, with knees straight. Prop the upper body up on the left elbow and forearm.

Raise hips to form a straight line from the shoulders to the ankles. Hold for 30 seconds. Do the same for the right side. Repeat.


This is a classic exercise which gives a full body workout. It is great for the chest muscles as well. From the prone position, place hands on the floor, slightly wider than the shoulders, with feet together.

Push yourself up from the prone position, keeping the body straight, and until the hands are arms are straight. Slowly lower the body back to prone, and then repeat. Keep the hips square with the rest of the body, and the core braced. Repeat.

Hip Raise or the Bridge

For the rear end muscles and helps improve the belly. Start by lying on the floor with the knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Brace your core and raise your hips until your back is straight and aligned with the legs. Pause for 3–5 seconds. Lower slowly and back to the starting position. Repeat.

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McGill Curlup

This helps develop the abs and prevent lower-back pain. Start by lying on your back with one leg straight and the other leg with knee bent and foot flat on the floor. Place hands underneath your back situated at the lower back’s arch with palms down.

Raise your head and shoulder up off the floor without bending the lower back or spine. Hold for 7–8 seconds while breathing deeply. Lower the head and shoulder back on the floor. Switch legs and repeat.

The exercises above can be done in the comfort and privacy of the home without any equipment necessary. These are all aimed at developing the core and lower back muscles which are much needed by women.

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