Got five minutes?


There’s no excuse for saying you haven’t got time to exercise. These simple moves mean you can wage war on your wobbly bits in 5 minutes flat. Do all six, and you’ve added half an hour of movement and vitality to your day.

1.Strengthen your core
Stick a note saying “Cinch in my centre” on your computer monitor, fridge, or car dashboard. Every time you see it, pull in your stomach muscles, drawing your navel back as if to glue it to your spine.

2.Beat batwings
Sit on a chair with your hands on the arm-rests. Lift yourself up by straightening your arms, and then lower yourself by bending them. Don’t put any weight on your feet – just use them for balance. Repeat 10 times.

3.Whittle that waist
Lie on your back, knees bent, and palms touching your head. Tighten your tummy muscles, and then raise your head and shoulders until your shoulder blades lift off the floor. Return to the starting position. Repeat 10 times.

4.Get a better bottom
Lie on your back, knees bent, and hands by your sides. Tighten your abdominal and bottom muscles, tilt your pelvis upward, and lift your hips off the floor slightly; hold for a count of 5. Repeat 10 times.

5.Stretch your spine
Stand with feet together, and arms above your head. Inhale then exhale, slowly bending forward and allowing your body to drop towards the floor from the waist. Don’t lock your knees, they should stay soft.

6.Downsize your thighs
Stand with feet apart. Bend your knees and push your bottom out, as though you were about to sit; hold your arms out for balance, and keep your back straight. Hold for a count of 5, then straighten. Repeat 10 times.