At-Home Workout

 Try these exercises three times a week, and you’ll see results in less than a month. Just remember to start with a 4-minute warm-up!

What you’ll need:

A small ball, about the size of a soccer ball
A bath towel
A chair on wheels
A furniture-free area
Your favorite dance music
Water

Ab Twist, Starting Position

1. Sit on the floor (place a towel underneath you for comfort), feet shoulder-width apart, toes up, so that you are resting on your heels. Holding the ball with both hands, extend your arms in front of you.

Great for: Abdominals, glutes, hamstrings; Number of reps: 12; Time: 2 minutes

Ab Twist, The Move

2. Slowly lie back, tucking in and tightening your abdominals at all times. Stop halfway to the floor and twist to the left, reaching toward the floor with the ball. Hold for a beat, then slowly twist over to the right side. Breathe normally and concentrate on contracting your abdominal muscles.

Wall Squat, Starting Position

Wall Squat, The Move

2. Lower your body for five counts, until your hamstrings (the backs of your thighs) are parallel to the floor. Hold, then squeeze your glutes (your rear end) and press back up for five counts. Keep the ball between your back and the wall throughout the exercise.

Back Pull, Starting Position

1. Roll your towel lengthwise. Grasping an end in either hand, raise the towel over your head, arms extended.

Great for: Back muscles; Number of reps: 12; Time: 2 minutes

Back Pull, The Move

Push-Up, Starting Position

1. Fold your towel into a small square and place it under your knees for support. Kneeling on the towel, walk your hands forward until your torso is at a 45-degree incline. Hands should be slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, with your fingers spread.

Great for: Chest, arms; Number of reps: 12; Time: 2 minutes

Push-Up, The Move

2. Tuck your abdominals and inhale as you lower yourself (keep your torso two inches off the floor). Hold, then squeeze your chest muscles as you press up to the starting position.

Before moving on to the next exercise, boost your mood and burn some calories with a four-minute dance break. Put on your favorite dance CD or tape and cut loose for the next several minutes. C’mon, have fun! Not only will you burn calories, but you’ll release any stress that could be causing you to overeat. Dance through one song; if you’re motivated, what the heck — go for two! Then drink more water.

Heel Walk