1. Stand in front of a low balance beam (or any platform about one foot in height).
2. Step up onto the balance beam, with one foot coming on before the other.
3. Step back down onto the ground, also one foot hitting the ground before the other.
4. Keep doing that again and again, alternating feet.
The step-ups make your calf, quadreceps, and hamstring stronger, which make you a better runner. That helps in the mile run. Step-ups is aerobic.
You can use your thumb to touch each of the other fingers in your hand.
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