Let’s talk about your warm-up!
Every workout should begin with a 5 to 10-minute warm-up; think of it as a pre-workout. Warm-ups increase body temperature and prepare the muscles and joints for your upcoming workout, thereby reducing the risk of injury; a warmed-up body gets better results.
Start your workout with dynamic stretches
The simple rule is: if you are planning on doing a cardio, strength, or interval workout, get your body ready with mobility movements and dynamic stretches that work the same muscle group that you are about to use.
Do you want to run?
Do dynamic exercises that work your entire lower body, like calf raises, walking lunges, and knee hugs.
Do you want to lift weights?
Go through the exercises without weights first, focusing on the full range of motion and proper posture.
DO NOT start your workout with static stretches.
Holding a muscle stretched for too much time pulls it apart and weakens the fiber. Doing so tells the muscles to shut down, and that reduces your performance. Static stretching is advisable after the workout when the body needs to cool down, decrease muscle tension, and relax.
Dynamic warm-up exercises:
– Knee hugs
– Butt kicks
– Reverse lunge and reach over top
– Jumping Jack
– Bodyweight Squat
– Lunge and rotate
– Frankenstein walk