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When your eyesopen, sit up slowly without usingyour hands. With legs straight out, leanforward until you feel a gentle stretchin your back and hamstrings. Hold;then, using your abs, lower yourself ﬂat. Rest and repeat two more times.Strengthens core.
Go for the grains
Not ready forTwigs & Rocks cereal? Sprinkle ona few tablespoons of wheat germ oroat bran. Work up to
cup of low-sugar whole-grain cereal with at leastthree grams of ﬁber per serving, andyou’ll pass on that Danish.
Add some protein
The more youeat earlier on, the less you eat asthe day wears on, research has shown.So after your cereal, add a hard-boiledegg or a part-skim mozzarella cheesestick to keep you feeling full—andaway from that pre-lunch brownie.
While you brushyour teeth, alternate standing onone leg as you switch mouth quad-rants (every 30 seconds).Balancing developsyour core musclesand may even be good for yourbrain.
Be a ballerina
As your coffeedrips, stand sideways, put onehand on the counter, andlift the outside leg straightout in front of you, keeping it ex-tended. With upper body straight,hold for a few seconds and move it tothe side; hold and extend it behindyou. Do ﬁve to ten times on each leg.Tones outer thighs, hip flexors andquadriceps.
Instead of pouringthat
cup of half-and-half (awhopping 105 calories!) intoyour mug, replace it with the sameamount of 2% milk.
Better your bagel
You can walk10,000 steps to justify your 500-calorie bagel with cream cheese, ortry this: low-fat spreadable cheese likeLaughing Cow Light on an Englishmufﬁn.