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iVillage: The Busy Woman’s Guide to a Better Body

It’s hard enough to find time for cardio, never mind strength training.

Strength training need not require a set of weights: “I do dips at my desk all the time,” Nettle says. With your back to your desk, grab hold with both hands, straighten your arms, then walk your legs out at a 45-degree angle, tighten your core and slowly lean back while bending your elbows and keeping them in alignment. Do as many as you like.

Nettle also loves the plank pose for core and overall strengthening: Starting on your hands and knees, place your forearms and palms on the floor with your elbows directly underneath your shoulders. Walk your feet back until your legs are straight and your ankles, knees, hips and shoulders are in one even plane. Draw your navel up and reach your chest forward and heels back to engage your abs and keep your spine long. Work up to holding for 60 seconds; aim for three one-minute plank poses a day.

(CREDIT: Oppenheim Bernhard, Collection, Stone, Getty Images)
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