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Beginner Stretches for Walkers

These moves, from Walk at Home fitness trainer Leslie Sansone, were designed to prep your body before your walk or cool it down afterwards.

By Angela Law

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Standing Calf and Hamstring Stretches

Stand with feet together. Take a big step directly back with your left foot and plant that heel into the floor. Slightly bend your right leg, but make sure your right knee does not go over your toes. Keeping your spine straight, bend about 45 degrees at the hip and place your hands on your right thigh for support. Pull your belly button in towards your spine to stabilize your core. Feel the stretch in your calf and hold for 10 to 15 seconds. Then, bend your torso forward a little farther, so your chest is almost parallel to the ground, to stretch your hamstring. Hold for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat both stretches with the right leg back.

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