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Coach's Corner: This won’t hurt a bit

It’s well past January. Do you know where your New Year’s resolutions are?

Let me guess. Like most folks, you resolved to get fit in 2010. If not get fit then eat better, right?

How’s that going, by the way?

If it’s not going as well as you’d hoped, then you’ve come to the right place. Let me introduce myself. My name’s Renee and I’m an editor here at The Telegraph. I’m also a certified personal trainer and plan to use this space monthly to offer some tips and ideas to help you achieve your fitness goals.

I think one of the biggest areas people struggle with when trying to get in shape is finding the time to exercise. It’s not as elusive as you might think. Sure, getting a block of 30 minutes at a time would be ideal, but in our fast-paced lives, who has that kind of time?

Between work, family and community obligations, we often let caring for ourselves fall by the wayside. Eventually, all that running around will take a toll, and the more fit and healthy you are, the better able you’ll be to cope with the stresses of the day-to-day grind.

But how do you fit it in? A little here and there is better than nothing at all, and starting small may be a good idea. One of the reasons most people crash and burn with their New Year’s resolutions is because they jump in with both feet, tread water as fast as they can, then get exhausted and hop out of the pool.

Try sticking a toe in first. Get used to the water temperature before you get in over your head.

Look at your weekly schedule and set aside 10 minutes daily for “you time.” If those 10 minutes are on your lunch break, pack a pair of walking shoes in your work bag and go for a little walk. Nowhere to walk outside? Try walking around your building or hoofing up and down the stairs. Now that will get the heart pumping!

Maybe the only time you have is while your family’s dinner is simmering on the stove. Keep some small hand weights — or even soup cans — nearby and do a few arm lifts or curls while you watch that pot.

I know you love to watch TV, we all do. Why not take a seat on the floor and do some stretching while your favorite show is on? Better yet, instead of raiding the fridge during the commercial breaks, do some sit ups or push ups. A typical hourlong show has 15 to 20 minutes of commercials. Use that time to get fitter instead of fatter.

Find your 10 minutes a day and make exercising during that time a habit. Next week, add another 10 minutes of exercise during your day. Pretty soon, between a quick lunchtime walk, dinner time can lifts and TV stretching, that’s 35 minutes of exercise each day that you weren’t getting before. And it didn’t even hurt a bit!

Renee Martinez Corwine is a personal trainer in Macon and a Telegraph editor. If you have questions about fitness or topics you’d like to see covered in this column, contact her at rmartinez@macon.com.