No time to exercise? Start with a minute a day and feel the difference

With so many pressures on women these days, it can be hard to find the time for exercise

When you can do the plank on your knees for one minute nonstop then consider moving onto your toes.

When you can do the plank on your knees for one minute nonstop then consider moving onto your toes.

 

Are you struggling to make time for fitness and exercise? You are not alone. With so many pressures on women these days, it can be hard to find the time for exercise. Many of us feel guilty prioritising our health when we have a to-do list longer than our arm. We have commitments at home and at work and most of us don’t have the energy or the time to make fitness a priority.

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Find one minute

What exercise to do?

How to get started

Feel the difference

From fitness to confidence, the changes have been enormous. For the runners among the group, there has been huge improvement in speed and a reduction in injury.

Start small

Starting small might just work for you. We all have a minute in our day somewhere. Try to sneak in the time when you are at home, waiting for the kettle to boil, on the phone, in the garden or watching TV. You might even get some of the family to support you and join in.

Take on the challenge

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Tips for the plank

One minute a day will add up but do not expect to be perfect from the start. Pay special attention to your body position and avoid tension in shoulders and back. Your body position should be a nice straight line from shoulders to hips to ankles and you should feel your core muscles working.

Step-by-step instructions

Get someone to take a photograph of your plank so you can make sure you are doing what you think you are. Doing the plank alongside a mirror can also help to correct your body position.

Keep accountable

Don’t put it off any longer. Go for it and enjoy that smug feeling of knowing you are heading in the right direction of getting your health and fitness back on track.

Tweet us your photos @IT_HealthPlus

Mary Jennings is founder and running coach with ForgetTheGym.ie. Mary trains beginners and marathoners and everyone in between. Mary is also the creator of all our Irish Times Get Running programmes - Beginners, Stay on Track and 10km.

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