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Today I want to talk about warming up before you workout. I often cringe when I see people at the gym start hard into their workout without warming up. Think of warming up like your morning coffee. You wouldn't leave the house without your coffee so don't start your workout without warming up!
So why is warming up important? Warming up gets your body ready for exercise. It increases your heart rate, gets your blood flowing and lubricates your joints. If you don't warm up before you workout you have a higher risk of injury.
I recommend a dynamic warm up before working out. A dynamic warm up will get your body moving, raise your heart rate and help lubricate your joints. I do not recommend static stretching before working out as static stretches while your body is cool also puts you at a higher risk of injury.
Here's a sample dynamic warm up to get you started. You should change your warm up to fit the workout you will be working on to help prepare the muscles you'll be recruiting.
1) step ups (use a bench, chair or stair and step up)
2) side step ups (turn to the side and step up, don't forget to switch sides)
3) lateral shuffle
4) leg swings (front, side and diagnonally)
5) arm circles (small and large)
6) arm swings
7) twisting on your spine (standing looking in front of you, twist on your spine and look behind you)
8) pretend there is an object in front of your toes. Bend down pick it up and lift it over your head
There's hundreds of moves you can add into a dynamic warm up. Above are a few to get you thinking and started on your own. As always if you have any questions send me a message I'd love to chat!