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    Plank Raise

    "If I am super crunched on time, this is the one I do," says Schoen of the move that works the abs, back, legs, and glutes.

    1. Start at the top of a push-up position, hands shoulder-width apart, arms straight, and shins on top of the exercise ball. Tighten your core and don't let your butt sag.

    2. Keeping both legs straight, lift the left leg into the air.

    3. Lower the leg back to the ball.

    4. Do 10 reps.

    5. Repeat the move using the right leg. Do two more sets of 10 reps, alternating legs.

    Q & A

    Q: "I'd like to include my dog on my daily runs. How do I know if she'll make a good running partner?" -- Rosie Molinary, 40, college professor, Davidson, N.C.

    A: "Before you grab the leash and hit the road, it's important to note that some dogs are better suited to long walks in the park. Puppies under 18 months old could sustain injuries because their bones are still growing, breeds with short legs will struggle to keep up, and dogs with short noses (like pugs) can have trouble breathing during a run. If your vet gives you the green light, remember that dogs need to train for long-distance running, just like people. Watch for signs that your dog likes running with you. She should act excited and ready to go when the leash comes out." -- Louise Murray, DVM, vice president, ASPCA Animal Hospital, New York City

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