How to Set a Warm Up Period For Exercise
Here is what you need to do...
Get on a treadmill or any other cardio, and start by going at a mild steady pace for five minutes to increase your heart rate. This will increase your body's temperature and increase blood flow to your muscles.
After a few minutes of cardio, perform some functional or static stretches to increase your range of motion. Perform these stretches that correlates with the body part your are going to be working out. For example if your going to workout your legs, do some stretches for your legs like toe touches etc.
After your cardio and stretches, do one or two warm up sets of whatever exercise your going to do first. This will help prepare your muscles to bare the weight of the exercise you are performing. This will reduce the risk of injury and possibly increase performance.
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I always warm up before every workout. Its important because it may help reduce the risk for injury, and increase workout performance.