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(Beauty) Work in Progress:

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Jennie Burton

Oh no, March has arrived. In the minds of many women - that is code for - "Swimsuit season is quickly approaching."

I would never call myself an "athletic" person, but when I am able to, I love going to Peggy Keel's Dance It Off Class on Monday nights at Sports Village. The music and dance moves make it so much fun. But as a working mother of a 1-year-old, my trips to the gym become sporadic. I ask myself, "Do I want to work out or play with my baby?"

The baby wins. I stay home. However, staying home doesn't have to mean staying inactive.

I consulted jennieBwell founder Jennie Burton about some easy exercises women, like myself, can do at-home.

Burton said while popping in a fitness DVD is always an option, for her "they get really old, real fast."

"I like doing my own thing, while watching TV and incorporating different moves. By changing it up, it not only makes time go by quicker, but you don't get bored with just one thing. Which, in turn, means neither does your body," she said.

Before beginning any at-home exercise, Burton recommends warming up.

"A good thing to do is pick four or five different exercises and then do a circuit. For example, jumping jacks for one minute, 15 push-ups, jump rope for one minute, 25 body squats, 25 walking lunges - then repeat three times," she said.

"Then do another circuit or repeat the first 1-2 more times, depending on your time and what you want to do."

Burton said if you have a set of stairs - use them as "your friend when you want to get a good sweat on."

"Use them in your circuit, run up them five times, use them as a source for step ups or walk up every other one," she explained. "If you have weights, you can do it all with weights."

Burton said three, five and ten-pound dumbbells are a good investment.

She added that if you are unsure about whether or not you are doing an exercise with proper form, refrain from that exercise until you are sure. This will help avoid injury.

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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