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What is the Point of Warm Up Exercises?
Posted By Co-Founder On November 13, 2009 @ 9:21 pm In Physical Exercise | 1 Comment
When you have to fit an exercise  routine into your already busy schedule, you might be tempted to simply skip the warm up exercises, even though you’ve heard horror stories about people getting injured while working out. Our thoughts to you are avoid temptation: always do the warm ups. When you skip your warm up, you are not only putting your body at risk for personal injury, but you are also making the workout more difficult and less effective. For the best results, it is important to warm up every time you work out.
Warming up doesn’t have to eat up the your exercise time. In fact, a decent workout only has to be 5 minutes long to do its job. It doesn’t have to be boring either—you can mix up a number of great moves to make your warm up as fun as the rest of your exercise routine. Remember that a good warm up gets all of your muscles moving, even if you don’t think that you’ll be giving your muscles an intensive workout. Warming up is especially important when you’re doing cardiovascular exercises or lifting weights.
The moves for a warm up shouldn’t necessarily be difficult or make you break a sweat. The main goal of the warm up isn’t to be a part of your workout, but simply to slowly move muscles that you haven’t used as much throughout the day – wakes them up with a good stretch.
Some related exercises to meet the goal of waking the muscles could include jogging on the spot, doing jumping jacks, lunging, jumping rope or simply some stretches to target specific muscle groups.Also consider exercises that work on balance and form in order to prepare you for the exercises you will be doing in the workout.
If you’re really short on time, why not try warming up before you even get to the gym. Slowly jog or power walk to the gym, park as far away as possible and lunge to the door, and take the stairs instead of the elevator. That way, when you get to the gym to workout your warm up routine is already half way done.
A good workout always builds in intensity. This is the best way to shed pounds and maintain a healthy weight. Weight loss workouts are only risky if you don’t complete the warm up exercises, because otherwise your body will respond to prevent injuries. Although you may be tempted to skip this step, that is never a good idea.
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