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  • Try This! Dancers' stretch good for runners too
    Try This! Dancers' stretch good for runners too

    This leaning extension builds strength while improving balance and flexibility. Plus, it's good for the hamstrings and glutes.

  • Try This: The reverse fly to bring back balance
    Try This: The reverse fly to bring back balance

    Most people pay more attention to the muscles on the front of the body than the ones on the back, leaving them hunched and their shoulders prone to injury.

  • Try This: Stretch with the crab reach
    Try This: Stretch with the crab reach

    You might not think of the crab as nature's most graceful creature, but if you mimic its stance when you stretch, you'll open up the tight muscles of your front body and give your backside a workout at the same time.

  • Try This: The up and over
    Try This: The up and over

    If time is short and you want to start burning calories quickly, try the up and over. This uncomplicated cardio drill helps you work on your balance and turn a strength workout into a sweaty cardio circuit. Amy Dixon, personal trainer and head of group fitness at Equinox Santa Monica, uses it...

  • Try This: Shoulder-opening stretch
    Try This: Shoulder-opening stretch

    After a long hard day hunched over the computer, a good shoulder-opening stretch can help melt away muscle tension and create more space for your lungs to breathe deeply, thereby creating a more relaxed you.

  • Try This: Bringing fluidity back
    Try This: Bringing fluidity back

    Sitting in front of a computer all day can take a toll on the back. This flowing sequence, demonstrated by fitness expert Jennifer Kries, who uses it on her "Hot Body Cool Mind" DVD series, helps to restore the mobility and ease to your spine using some of the same stretches your pets use. Do...

  • Try This: Skater lunges
    Try This: Skater lunges

    You want your legs to look great from all angles? Why aren't you doing a lunge that works your thighs all the way around?

  • Try This: Russian twist with stability ball
    Try This: Russian twist with stability ball

    Russian twist with stability ball tones your core, loosens your hips and gets your heart rate up.

  • Try This: The energizing tabletop lever
    Try This: The energizing tabletop lever

    Are you having trouble starting your engine in the morning? This move, called the tabletop lever and derived from the Five Tibetans, a series of exercises used by monks or lamas for more than 2,500 years, helps to energize and strengthen your entire body in about the same time it takes to...

  • Try This: Deep breathing in the eagle pose
    Try This: Deep breathing in the eagle pose

    Yogis know that breathing is more than a necessity, it's a luxury, especially in times of stress. Just five minutes of deep breathing can calm your mind and diminish the stress-related cortisol hormone coursing through your body.

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