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Stealth workout: Strengthen your hips with the side-stepper

Dropping something: the perfect opportunity to strengthen your hips

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If you want to pick something up to your left, step your left foot out to the side.

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Keep your right leg straight as you bend your left knee and ankle so you squat backward over your left foot. Grab your fallen object, then use your left bum muscles to stand back up. Reverse legs to pick something up on your right.

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