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Warming up is a crucial part of your workout routine. Many people skip the warm up because they “don’t have time.”

Then I guess the people who don’t warm up have time to pull a hamstring, because that’s what will happen if you don’t warm up properly and for long enough before you hit the weights or go for a run.

A warm up gets the blood flowing through your body and gets your joints prepared and ready for the movements you’ll be performing in your workout. It’s just like anything else in life – you prepare or get ready for the day by waking up with a cup of coffee or tea, athletes warm up before they perform and business professionals warm up by practicing their presentations in front of a mock crowd. So if you have time to pull a muscle, twist an ankle or tweak something don’t warm up.

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A basic warm up consists of stretching and a brisk walk or slow jog. Start with 3-5 minutes of a brisk walk or a slow jog. After that, make sure to stretch every part of your body. Start from your neck and work your way down to your ankles. Here are pictures of a variety of stretches to get you started. Make sure you also stretch your neck and ankles. Often times they are overlooked. Hold each stretch for 5-10 seconds. Your warm up should be about 6-10 minutes long.

If you feel like you’re running low on time and you’re tempted to skip a warm up, just remember that you run a high risk of pulling a muscle if you don’t – that means you’re going to have to deal with a lot of pain for the next few weeks. I highly encourage you to warm up – Sometimes we have to slow down to speed up 😉

What stretches and exercises do you do in your warm up?

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