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  • 'Elephant ears' massage helps kids perk up

    Try This: 'Elephant ears' massage helps kids perk up

    If you're dealing with tired, sluggish kids who aren't able to listen or pay attention, try this quick mind-body trick. Called elephant ears, it is demonstrated here by Leah Kalish, founder of Move With Me Action Adventures, which specializes in yoga and movement education for kids. What it does...

  • A semi-serpent-style push-up

    A semi-serpent-style push-up

    If you're not a fan of traditional straight-leg push-ups, here's a new twist on them that still provides the same killer workout for arms, but also works the neglected lower back. Called the half-cobra push-up, this yoga-inspired move is demonstrated here by fitness instructor Cassey Ho, who uses...

  • Try This: The skull crusher, for toned triceps

    Try This: The skull crusher, for toned triceps

    If you don't want your upper arms waving long after you've said goodbye, you'll need to work on your triceps. The supine triceps extension, sometimes called the skull crusher, is one of the simplest yet most powerful ways to sculpt this muscle. The move, demonstrated here by celebrity trainer Harley...

  • Try This: A graceful stretch to the tips of the fingers

    Try This: A graceful stretch to the tips of the fingers

    Sometimes you just don't know how much tension you're holding until you take a good stretch. This quick upper-body loosener, demonstrated by fitness expert Jennifer Kries, from her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, is sweet relief in the middle or at the end of the workday. What it does The graceful...

  • Try This: The humming breath, a virtual hug for kids

    Try This: The humming breath, a virtual hug for kids

    The humming breath is a great way for children to calm and soothe themselves. It's sort of like a virtual hug, giving you that "everything is going to be OK" feeling, says Leah Kalish, founder of Move With Me Action Adventures, which trains teachers in movement education. What it does The deep...

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