Standing stretches can prep your body for more intense exercise. As part of your warm-up routine, these stretches will increase your heart rate faster than floor stretches. Try a leg-stretching exercise.

  1. Stand facing a wall. Slowly lift your left foot and bring your heel to your buttock.
  2. Grab hold of your left ankle with your left hand and place your right hand on the wall for stability.
  3. Gently pull on your ankle until you feel a mild stretch in your front left thigh.
  4. Hold this stretch 10 seconds. Slowly return your leg to the original position.
  5. Relax 10 seconds and repeat with right leg.