Marching Legs

In the Marching Legs warm-up exercise, you get to pretend that you're in a marching band. This exercise warms up your hips and gluts (the muscles on your buttocks).

If you want to go for a jog or do some other aerobic activity in place of yoga with weights, Marching Legs is an excellent warm-up for running activities.

You need both ankle weights and hand weights for this exercise. When you're ready, follow these steps:

1. Stand looking straight ahead with your feet below your hips and your arms hanging to your sides, holding the hand weights with your palms facing inward.

This is the starting position. Make sure your feet are parallel and that your shoulders are squared.

2. As you slowly inhale to a count of four, lift your right knee (see Figure 6-15).

Pull your belly in for support, and keep your shoulders squared.

3. As you slowly exhale to a count of four, lower your right leg to the starting position (see Step 1).

Figure 6-15:

Start a parade with this warm-up exercise.

Figure 6-15:

Start a parade with this warm-up exercise.

Alternating legs after each repetition, repeat this exercise six to eight times with each leg.

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