Warming Up Before Exercising
Are you tempted to skip your warm up? Don’t! Your warm up is just as important as your workout routine. Not only does it help you physically, but also mentally too. Warm-ups serve two major purposes….enhance performance and prevent injuries. Here are three ideas….
1. Loosen up.
Warm your joints, muscles, and prep your body for exercise with mobility movements. If you’ve got one, now is also a great time for foam rolling. Start by rolling your back, then hit every section of the legs, glutes, and hip flexors.
2. Get your heart pumping.
Increased heart thumping warms up your muscles and switches on your nervous system. Jog, slowly row, or ride a bike on low resistance. Just be sure you’re able to converse with your workout buddy.
3. Do some dynamic stretches.
Stretch your warm muscles, but don’t hold it. Remember: Static stretching during a warm-up can actually hinder your performance. Instead, do dynamic stretching, which involves continuously moving through a range of motion. For instance, you can make big arm circles in both directions, kick your legs forward, or simply touch your toes and then reach for the sky. The key is to not hold in any position.
It’s important to perform this total body warm up BEFORE you workout. The special combination of these 10 moves in just 5 min will get your body limber and ready. It’s easy! Go!