When it comes to working out, there are plenty of different types and things that you can do. However, every workout should have a basic structure of three things to it. Those three components are:
We've went over the three components of a workout before, however I think a lot of attention and focus gets put on Component 2: the Exercise. What's often neglected are the Warm-ups and Cool-downs. Those two steps are equally as important as the exercise itself.
The warm-up gets your body ready for the exercises ahead while the Cool-down helps to prepare you for the next workout.
Want to focus for just a few moments on the Warm-up and what that looks like. How long should the warm-up be? It depends on the length of the workout itself and what exercises are going to be included. I generally would aim for 3-5 minutes minimum for the Warm-up.
That could be static stretching (holding a position for a set duration) or dynamic stretching (taking that same position and including movement with it). I find it best to go with the dynamic stretching to better warm-up your muscles and get the blood flowing.
Do you warm-up, or do you typically skip it and get right into what you have planned?
If you tend to skip them, I urge you to reconsider. Warming-up has many benefits besides getting your blood pumping. It prepares your muscles, prepares your body for what's ahead. It also helps prevent injuries.
No matter your age, no matter your fitness level, make sure that you are getting your body ready and loose for your exercise.
I want to know: what do you do for warming up? Comment below and let me know!
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