Warm Up Your Muscles (3 Minutes)
1. Summertime Stroll Take a walk around the house or around the block for at least two minutes. You can even grab the stroller and bring the baby with you. Or, if you have a treadmill, hop on. Kathy Kaehler's The Walkmill, a portable fold-up treadmill, is available at www.walkmill.com. We know it's tempting to blow off the warmup, but this makes your muscles limber and helps reduce the risk of strains and other injuries.
2. Standing Stretch Stand with feet slightly more than hip distance apart and arms by your side. Turn right foot out 90°. Exhale and slowly bend to the right, making sure to keep hips forward and left foot firmly planted on the floor. Gently rest right hand just above to slightly below the knee, depending on your flexibility. Extend left arm toward the ceiling. Concentrate on looking straight ahead. Take a deep breath and hold the stretch for at least 15 seconds. Release, return to starting position, and repeat. Perform on the other side, return to starting position, and repeat.