This is an essential move for runners to strengthen the lower body. Hopping side to side helps condition the muscles around the ankle for stability when making quick lateral direction changes found in tennis, basketball, and soccer.
- With your right foot slightly off the ground, balance on your left foot.
- Hop back and forth over an imaginary line laterally for 30 seconds.
- Repeat the same motion, balancing on your right foot.
- Rest 30 seconds, and repeat the exercise three times.