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10-Minute Workouts While Baby Naps

Can’t manage to “nap while the baby naps”? Tone up with one of these easy, equipment-free workouts.

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Paper-Plate Workout

This routine from Metcalf offers a fun twist on resistance training, using paper plates rather than expensive equipment to slide your way to stronger muscles.

What you need: One paper plate

The moves:

1. Side Slide
Wearing athletic shoes, stand with your feet about shoulder-width apart on a carpeted surface and your right foot on a paper plate. Slide your right leg out to the side, bending the knee into a lunge. Then slide back in to your starting position and repeat. Work your muscles in all directions by sliding out to “12 o’clock,” “3 o’clock” and “6 o’clock” and back. Do 10 sets on one side, and then switch the paper plate to your left foot and repeat on the other side.

2. One-Handed Plank
Get into plank position, as described earlier in the Feeling-Zen Workout. Place your right hand on a paper plate, and then slide that hand out to the side as far as you can and back in. Repeat 15 to 20 times; then switch to the left arm.

3. Core Reach
Now get into a hands-and-knees position, with both hands on the paper plate. Continually pressing into the floor, slide the paper plate as far forward as you can, and then slide it back with your back in an arched position, as if you were a cat stretching. Use your chest muscles when you do this routine to protect your lower back.

Meagan Francis is a mom of five and a parenting author. Her blog is

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-- Meagan Francis

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