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Monday, March 23, 2009

Don't Forget to Warm Up

Warming Up

When you need to fit an exercise routine into your busy truck driving schedule, you might be tempted to just skip the pre exercise warm up , even though you’ve heard horror stories about people hurting themselves while working out. Don’t skip this part of your routine. The word routine means exactly that. When you skip your warm up, you are not only putting yourself at risk for an injury, but you are also making the workout much harder to accomplish, and it will be less effective. For the maximum results, it is imperative to warm up every time you work out.

Warming up doesn't have to use all the time you set aside for exercise. In fact, a good warm up only has to be five minutes long to do its job. It doesn’t need to be boring either. You can mix up a number of decent moves to pep up your warm up.It can be as fun as the rest of your exercise routine. Remember , a good warm up gets all your muscles moving, even if you don’t think that your intensity level will be sufficiently targeted at a specific set of muscles on any given day. Warming up is extremely important no matter if you’re doing cardiovascular exercise or resistance exercise .

What you choose to do for a warm up shouldn't’t be difficult or be intense enough to make you break a sweat. The principle goal of the warm up shouldn't be to become a part of your workout, but to methodically move the muscles that you haven’t given a thought about all day to warm them up. A good,warm up should include things like jogging in place, doing jumping jacks, lunging, and jumping rope.
Any decent warm up should include slowly stretching your muscles in an array of ways, even though this technique is usually more effective for cooling down. You have to take into consideration the type of exercises that require balance and form so as to prepare for the more stringent exercises you will be doing in the main workout.

If you really don't have a lot of time, why not warm up before you get to the gym. A controlled jog, power walking, parking as far away as you can,lunging to the door, and using the stairs in place the elevator are very effective. This way, when you find yourself in the gym, your warm up routine is half way complete.

The best workouts always build intensity. This is the optimal way to lose pounds and stay at a healthy weight.Your Weight loss workout puts you at risk for injury only if you don’t warm up. This is the best way to ensure your body will respond to prevent injuries. Even though you may be tempted to skip the warm up, that is never a safe option.

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