As the economy's tanked, so have our exercise habits: According to a recent Omnibus survey, 25 percent of Americans with gym memberships have cancelled them. But there are ways to stay in shape on little (or no) scrilla. I asked personal trainer Natalie Rado, who works out Allure editors (including me!) at home, for three whole-body moves. Do each three times a week-and bump up the number of reps as you get stronger. (Consult your doctor before starting this or any exercise program.)
1. Cardio Push-up (works the legs, butt, shoulders, back, and core) Squat with your arms bent at waist-level. Shoot your hands above your head like you're shooting a basketball. Bring your hands to the floor and kick back your feet so you're in a push-up position, then do a push-up. Jump your feet back to your hands, and spring up into the next jump. Repeat 10 times.
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2. Waist Whittler (works the abs, obliques, thighs, glutes, quads, and shoulders) Lunge to your left, with your hands down at your sides (palms facing inward and fingers to the floor), and hold for two seconds. Bring your right foot up so it's next to your left knee. Then bring your arms above your head with your palms facing each other, and bend at the waist to the left as far as you can without toppling over. Do 12 to 15 reps on one side, then 12 to 15 on the other. (If you have three- to five-pound dumbells-or even bottles of water-use them and lower the reps to 10 to 12.)
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