As a former competitive gymnast and a cheerleader for the L.A. (now Oakland) Raiders — a job that required me to dance in high-heeled boots for much of my 20s and 30s — I'm often dealing with a tight lower back, hamstrings and hips. I especially feel this in the morning, so it's helpful to do stretches while I'm in bed. A few side twists, hamstring stretches and leg circles make it much easier for me to get up.
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I went to Hollywood to pursue acting. Then I was asked to train Jessica Alba in gymnastics for Dark Angel — and that was the start of my fitness career. Halle Berry often uses my 3-2-1 workout, which includes three cardio segments, two circuit-training segments and one core segment.
I'm a total gym rat, but I also love taking my clients outdoors. Changing your environment helps keep you motivated. But you don't need a trainer to get moving. Here are a few quick exercises to try on the next sunny day.
At the swimming pool, throw in a little abdominal work. Support yourself with the pool's edge and crunch your legs toward your chest.
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When climbing stairs, boost your stamina — by taking two or three at a time. On a hill, stretch your strides.
If you have painful knees, try walking backward for a bit on your next stroll. This builds quadriceps strength with less joint stress.
When you pass a park bench, stop and do a few leaning push-ups against its back, to strengthen your shoulders and chest.
Sand offers resistance and cushioning. At the shore, try broad jumps or lunges.