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Warm Up Before You Work out

Posted on the 25 April 2013 by Dave Nevue

Warm Up Before You work out

It does not matter what your fitness goals are. They could be anywhere from losing weight, sports, general health, strength and so on. The one thing that is common for all fitness goals is to see results. You will not see results if you injure yourself. Bottom line warm up before you work out.

It is important to get a warm up in before you start training. This has been shown to reduce the risk of injuries. Warming up loosens your muscles, joints and helps circulate your blood. You will have a better range of motion giving you a better workout. Remember results is what you are after.

Many times I am in the gym and see people jump on a bench and start lifting like it was their last set of the day. This is a sure way to end your fitness lifestyle quickly. There will be times in life that will cut some of your workout time. Instead of skipping the workout give yourself a proper warm up and do one set of each exercise in a circuit, if you can do the circuit twice that’s a win. Don’t cut the warm up!

We all exercise to feel better, some goals might be different but in the end we all want to feel the best we can. You need to train smart to be able to enjoy the rewards of the time you spend in the gym. It is your body, take the best care of it. It is the only body you have, and you deserve the best.

A warm up should be at least 5 to 10 minutes. There are several different ways you can do a warm up. If you train at home you can go for a brisk walk. Walk for 5 minutes in one direction turn around and walk back. This will be a 10 minute warm up then you are ready for your workout. You can jog in place for 5 to 10 minutes then do some bodyweight squats and assisted push-ups to get all of your joints warmed up.

If you are at a gym you have endless types of cardio equipment to jump on for your warm up. Do not make this your cardio session. You do not want to tire yourself out before you exercise. Remember it is to get you ready for your exercise program. The cardio can be done after you lift. This will also give you a good time to cool down.

Best of health and happiness

Dave Nevue

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