Thursday, November 5, 2009
Most individuals are pressed to fit exercise into their day and mistakenly think that skipping a warm-up will save time but it will also prevent your body from using its energy and oxygen efficiently. The best way to incorporate your warm-up is to make it a slower version of the cardio workout you are planning to do (running, elliptical, bike, etc.). Keep at the slower rate until you start to perspire and then move into your full-on session. If you are planning to hit the weights, you can either do dynamic stretches that take you through a similar range of motion that you are planning to do or you can do a the planned exercise at a much lighter (or no) weight. Regardless of which warm-up activity you do, it will help your prepare your body for the greater intensity.