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Fresh Start to Fitness: Exercises you can do using a pillow

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Fresh Start to Fitness: Exercises you can do using a pillow (File photo: MGN)

(KUTV) — Pillows are often associated with getting a good night's sleep.....until now! Jeffrey Beck, exercise specialist with the Intermountain Medical Center Heart Institute in Murray, recommends that you complete the following routine using a pillow twice per week in order to tone up your abs and legs!

1) Pillow High Knees: Stand with your feet shoulder width apart and hold a pillow out in front of you with both hands. Keeping your abdominal muscles tight, raise your right knee up until it hits the pillow. Return to starting position and repeat with your left knee. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per leg.

2) Pillow Strikes: Time to release your inner child! Stand by a wall in a left stance and hold one end of the pillow with both hands. Now, hit the wall as hard as you can with the pillow being mindful of keeping your abdominal muscles tight. Once 10 reps are finished, change to a right stance and do 10 more reps. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per side.

3) Pillow Scorpion Curls: Get on your hands and knees. Squeeze the pillow between your calf and hamstrings by keeping your knee bent. Slowly lift the pillow as high as you can, squeezing your glutes at the top of the movement. Return to starting position through that same arc. Complete 3 sets of 10 reps per leg.

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