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December 8, 2007

Your Exercises

woman doing hip lifts


Photo Credit: Ben Goldstein/Studio D

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7. Hip Lift
Place your heels on a bench or chair and allow your knees to bend. Your knees should be directly above your hips at a 90-degree angle; your arms should rest on the floor at your side. Exhale and press your heels down into the bench, lifting your hips off the floor as high as you can (as in photo). Squeeze your glutes for a beat, then lower and repeat.

Make it Harder: Extend your right leg toward the ceiling. When you press your left heel into the bench to lift your hips, press your right leg straight up to the ceiling. Inhale, lower your body back to the floor and repeat. Complete a full set, then repeat with left leg in the air.

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