Side Bends

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IN SHAPE TRAINER TIP
By Judy Oberdorfer, Certified Personal Trainer

This exercise helps strengthen the oblique abdominals.  Standing with legs about hip-width apart (or closer for more challenge),  and a dumbbell in one hand, slowly bend to the side holding the dumbbell, then slowly exhale and return to upright position.  It is important not to let your ear drop to your shoulder, so you can put the other hand behind your neck and head if you need the support.  Do 10 repetitions on one side then switch the dumbbell to the other hand and repeat 10 times on the other side.  Try not to shift your hip to the side as you are bending.

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