This exercise provided courtesy of Billy Polson, founder and co-owner of DIAKADI Body training gym, voted best personal training gym in San Francisco by CitySearch in 2006.
This modified lunge without weights gives your legs a great workout and improves flexibility.
Stand erect with your feet hip-width apart and your arms hanging at your sides.
- From the starting position, step your right leg forward (see Photo 1).
- As soon as your right leg is forward, begin to bend your right knee in a slight lunge and bend down toward your right foot, bringing your hands together in front of you. Reach down and touch the shoelaces of your right foot with the fingertips of both hands (see Photo 2).
- After touching your shoelaces, reverse direction, stand up, and bring your right foot back to starting position.
- Repeat the exercise with alternating feet.