Your warm-up before a workout is one of the most important aspects of the workout. Whether you are planning to go for a run, hitting the bike, heavy lifting or circuit training, the warm-up is essential to get your body and muscles ready for the workout ahead. Although oftentimes, it is one of the most overlooked aspects of a workout. Just think, how many times you’ve skipped the warm-up just to save time and get your sweat on!
What are the benefits of warming-up?
A warm-up is generally described as preparing the body for physical activity. There are many different ways to warm-up the body and trust me….we will review them all! But first, what is the benefit of a good warm-up?
There are three main benefits of a warm-up:
- Prepares your body for the workout.
- Gradually revs up your cardiovascular system by raising body temperature and increasing blood flow to your muscles.
- May help reduce muscle soreness and lessen your risk of injury.
Tips for Warming Up
When should I Warm-up? You will want to warm-up right before you plan to start your workout.
How long should my warm-up take? A warm-up should last anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on the workout/activity and your physical ability.
What should I do in my warm-up? In general, your warm-up will be a low-to-moderate intensity level. Focus first on large muscle groups, such as hamstrings. Then you can do exercises more specific to your workout or activity. Below are some cardio warm-up examples:
- Treadmill or brisk walk
- Elliptical Trainer
- Circuit Training
Don’t forget to stretch!
After you have warmed up the muscles with a quick 5-10 minutes of low-to-moderate cardio you will want to stretch. Stretching can improve flexibility and range of motion around your joints. Foam rolling, static, and dynamic stretching are great tactics to try. Stretching will prime your body and muscles for the workout ahead!
What is your favorite way to warm-up before a workout? And how do you mix it up in your workouts? Try warming out before this home workout and see how a quick warmup and can benefit your workout.