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2. Warm up

Try to warm up for 5-10 minutes. The aim is to gently move your joints and gradually raise your heart rate to increase the blood flow to your heart, lungs, and muscles.

The exercises in these videos are at 3 levels – pick the level that’s right for you. You will need to watch all 5 videos first, to work out what level you’re comfortable starting at. You can pause the videos at any time if you are watching as you do the exercises. It’s also a good idea to have a timer ready for some of the exercises – you could use your phone or a cooking timer. 

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In this video
00:05 Introduction
00:19 Side stepping
00:27 Side stepping: Level 1
00:44 Side stepping: Level 2
00:56 Side stepping: Level 3
01:08 Side stepping: All levels
01:18 Ankle rotation
02:04 Ankles up and down
02:29 Marching on the spot
02:38 Marching on the spot: Level 1
02:55 Marching on the spot: Level 2
03:08 Marching on the spot: Level 3
03:20 Marching on the spot: All levels
03:31 Shoulder shrugs
04:00 Shoulder rolls
04:19 Head turns


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Last medically reviewed: June 2021. Due for review: June 2021

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