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Side Lunge

1. Stand tall with your feet about as far apart as your shoulders. Place your hands on your hips.

2. Inhale as you step and lunge to the right, pointing your right toe slightly out and bending your right knee until the right thigh is parallel to the floor. Your left leg will extend and stay straight.

3. Exhale as you push off with your right foot and return to the starting position.

4. Switch legs and repeat 8 to 10 times. This is 1 set.


When this feels easy, add a light weight in each hand. Keep your arms hanging down slightly in front of your body.

Look straight ahead, not down or sideways.

Don't hold your breath. Inhale through your nose when you lunge and exhale through your mouth when you push off with your foot. This helps deliver oxygen to your muscles. It also helps you get into a rhythm, so you're not working too fast or too slow.



Inner Thigh Stretch

1. The inner thighs tend to be very tight. To stretch them, sit on the floor and bring the soles of your feet together. Your knees will bend as you do this. Girls who do yoga call this bound angle posture.

2. Gently press your elbows against your knees until you feel a stretch along the inner thighs. Don't let your back round or your shoulders hunch. Keep your chest lifted and breathe.



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Last Modified Date: 11/30/2000