REDUCING YOUR RISK OF CORONARY ARTERY DISEASE: IMPROVING YOUR ACTIVITY LEVEL – WARM UP BEFORE EXERCISING – THREE IMPORTANT WARM-UP EXERCISES

Left, Calf stretch. Starting position: Stand an arm’s length away from a wall and rest your forearms on the wall with your forehead on the back of your hands. Point your toes straight ahead. Bend your right knee and bring it toward the wall. Keep your left leg straight with the heel on the floor. Movement: Slowly move your hips forward, keeping your back straight until you feel a stretch in your left calf. Hold this position for 30 seconds and then repeat with the other leg.
Middle, Thigh stretch. Starting position: Stand and place your right hand on a wall or a solid piece of furniture to aid in balance. Reach behind you and grasp your left foot or ankle from the outside with your left hand. Movement: Slowly pull your left foot toward your seat until you feel muscles stretch in the front of your thigh. Hold this position for 30 seconds. Then repeat it with your right leg (and right hand). If you cannot reach your foot or ankle, grasp the hem of your pants.
Right, Hamstring stretch. Starting position: Sit on the floor with your left leg extended straight forward and your toes pointing toward the ceiling. Bend your right knee and place the sole of your right foot on your inner left thigh. Movement: Bend forward at the waist and slowly move both hands down your left leg until you feel a stretch in the back of your left thigh. Hold the position for 30 seconds. Repeat, using your right leg.
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