Your slimmer-peppier-you workout plan
Regular exercise revs up your metabolism, which encourages weight loss, but it does so much more. Reduce your overall risk of heart disease? Check. Increase your satisfaction with life? Yep. Help you sleep? Sure thing. Is there a day that goes by without researchers proving all of this? We doubt it. Get your doctor's approval to exercise, lace up your sneakers, and go!
Pick four days to do cardio. Go for 30 minutes and earn bonus points for more. Heart-pumping exercise is essential for fighting fat, especially the belly kind, so hit those four days as many weeks as you can.
Firm your body twice a week. When you build muscle, you'll burn more calories all day long, even when you're just vegging with Baby. Sara Haley, creator of the new Sweat Unlimited DVD, designed a simple six-move toning routine.
Tone your core twice a week. Our ab routine will not only shrink your middle, it will also shore up your back, preventing injury from heaving your tot out of the crib.