Move of the Week: Grab a Broom and Get Fit

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Your household broom does double duty in this great workout from Self that doesn't require a gym membership or expensive weights. These moves target the muscles and forces you to work your abs to stabilize.

Flutter Kick: Lie facedown with legs and arms extended. Hold stick with both hands shoulder-width apart. Lift head and look down to keep neck stable. Squeeze butt as you exhale and raise arms and legs about 6 inches. Stay lifted and kick left leg (as shown) then right leg alternately 10 times each. Rest 30 seconds; repeat. Works arms, back, butt, legs

Straight Arm Raise: Stand with feet a few inches apart with knees bent; hold stick behind you with palms up. Bend forward slightly at hips, contract abs and raise arms above hips, drawing shoulder blades together (as shown). Lower arms for one rep. Do 20 reps. Works shoulders, upper back, abs, butt, legs

Side Circle: Stand with feet together. With left hand, hold stick on floor about 2 feet to left of body. Reach right arm overhead and lean left as you extend right leg to side, toes pointed. Lift right leg (as shown) and lower. Do 10 lifts. On last rep keep leg lifted and trace 10 circles in each direction. Return to start. Switch sides; repeat. Works arms, abs, butt, legs

Abs Dynamo: Lie faceup with knees bent and feet flat. Hold stick with both hands shoulder-width apart, arms straight up. Extend left leg only, toes pointed. Keeping left leg extended, slowly roll up to a seated position, reaching arms toward toes (as shown). Slowly roll back to floor. Do 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat. Works arms, abs, legs

Twist Off: Sit on floor with legs spread wider than hip-width apart, feet flexed. Hold stick with hands shoulder-width apart, arms extended at chest level. Keeping back straight, slowly twist, rotating torso left (as shown). Return to center and twist right to complete one rep. Do 10 reps. Works abs, obliques

Sitting Pretty: Stand with feet staggered hip-width apart, right leg in front of left, right foot flexed. Hold stick on floor at arm's length in front of you with both hands. Slowly squat down as far as you can, lifting right leg (as shown). Return to standing and repeat for 10 reps. Switch sides; repeat. Works abs, butt, legs

Have you ever used household items in your exercises?

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