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Angellica Bell
Angellica: Remember train don't strain
I'm Angellica Bell and I'm going to take you through some lower body stretches to help you get warmed up before you try out the full fitness workout.

Stretching is a vital part of exercising because it reduces any risk of injury.

It can also help to improve your performance. Remember train - don't strain!

Make sure you have warmed-up properly before you start stretching.

People often presume that stretching is the warm-up.

Hold stretches

Stretching, however, plays only a small role in getting the blood flowing around your muscles.

Another common mistake people make is spending too little time on each stretch.

Try to hold all the stretches for between 20 and 30 seconds.

For more advice on a full warm-up, have a look at our warm-up feature from speed coach Mike Antoniades.



Lower body stretches
Ankles
Calves
Quads
Hips
Hamstrings
Groin

Upper body

STAR TIP::

Angellica Bell
CBBC presenter

Hold all your stretches for between 20 and 30 seconds

You can also try these warm-ups
Light jogging either doing shuttle runs in the garden, on a track or on the treadmill
Riding your bike around the block or on an exercise bike
A light workout on a rower




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