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The Traveling Towel Workout If you think exercise has to include pricey equipment or even a gym membership, think again. You can do these creative exercises just about anywhere—and all you need is a large towel. By BJ Gaddour, CSCS T his quick but effective workout features a circuit of four moves to tone and tighten your arms, abs and hips, using a beach or bath towel. Do each exercise in the order listed. Follow one of the two workout schemes outlined below—based on your current fitness level. Each exercise can be made easier or more difficult, but the variations are not pictured. Just getting started? Do 40 seconds of work and 20 seconds of rest for each move. Do four total cycles, for a 16-minute workout. If you can't do a full 40 seconds, just do as much as you can. Ready for a challenge? Do 45 seconds of work and 15 seconds of rest for each move. Do five total cycles for a 20-minute workout. Before You Begin • Abs: Abdomen or stomach muscles • Glutes: Bottom or derriere • Repeat for time: Depending on the version of the workout you choose, hold for 40 or 45 seconds—or as best you can The information presented through this material is educational and should not substitute for the advice of a physician or other qualified healthcare provider. The information may not suit an individual's particular health situation. The appearance of any trade name in this material is not an endorsement or recommendation of that product. 54 HEALTHY & ACTIVE 2014 istockphoto/Thinkstock As always, check with your healthcare professional before beginning a new exercise routine. Here are some frequently used fitness terms and phrases that are good to know:

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