Warming up is an essential part of your workout.
A warm-up is a low-level activity you should do before stretching and a more strenuous workout. A good warm-up sets you up for success. It should get your heart pumping, your muscles primed, and your mind ready for action.
When you do a proper warm-up, which for most people is about five to 10 minutes of light activity, you increase your body temperature and heart rate, which in turn preps your muscles for a workout. When your muscles are prepped, you’re more likely to have an effective workout and less likely to have an injury or soreness.
Need ideas for warm-ups that maximize your time and efficiency? We’ve got you covered.
A short jog
Jump rope for at least a minute
After you complete your warm-up and have broken a sweat, stretch and then begin your workout.
Here are some tips and tricks for getting the most out of your warm-up:
Make sure your warm-up is dynamic, that is, that you’re constantly moving and are working multiple parts of your body.
If something hurts, stop. Listen to your body, and accept its limits.
The more intense your workout, the longer and more thorough your warm-up should be.
Whether you’re just getting into a fitness routine or you’re a workout pro, everyone can be reminded of the importance of a good warm-up. It’s not something you can just skip when you’re short on time. It’s an essential part of any thorough workout. Prepare your body and mind, and you’ll have an even better workout, every time.