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Strengthen your ankles (and get your blood flowing) before you get out of bed

Got big New Year’s Eve plans? Before getting out of bed the morning after, try straight-leg ankle circles. They’ll help get your blood going again after a long night (or morning).

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While lying on your back, straighten one leg up in the air. Hold the back of your thigh with your hands and feel a stretch in your hamstring muscles, in the back of your upper thigh.

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After holding the stretch for 10 to 30 seconds, rotate your ankle so that your foot moves clockwise in the air. Do 10 circles, then 10 more counter-clockwise. Switch and repeat on the opposite leg.

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