* Make sure to
exercise from head to toe (literally). Do not forget ankles, shoulders,
head and neck, etc. These are areas sometimes overlooked but always very
* Remember that
warming up is an injury prevention measure and cannot be omitted--ever!
* Be sure to
stretch with good posture. Always pull up in the center of the body and
stretch in straddle, pike and hurdle positions with a flat back, leading
with the abdomen and not the chin or chest. Rounding the back will stretch
and loosen back muscles instead of thighs or hips.
* Be sure that
the legs do not roll in or out when in straddle or hurdle position. Knees
and shoe laces to the sky!
* Stretch with
toes flexed for 1/2 of the time and pointed 1/2 of the time. This will add
extra stretch to muscles in the other parts of the leg in addition to the