Warming Up Before Exercise


Getting in physical exercise is a crucial part to staying healthy.

But if you don’t do it the proper way, you could get hurt.

While getting to the gym may be the hard part, your warm-up may be the forgotten part.

“That tends to lead to slower workouts, I’m not as in it. My heart rate isn’t moving as fast so I’m not really trying to push myself harder,” Dylan Ochsner said.

Ochsner says he puts as much focus into a warm-up as he does his workout.

“Usually I’ll run the track for 5 minutes, I’ll do 40 push-ups, I do a lot of stretching, I do like yoga poses. Make sure I can stretch the whole body up and down,” Ochsner said.

Personal trainer Jacob Flanigan says a warm-up may be one of the most underrated things you can do at the gym. 

“It keeps your joints very safe. It’ll help you in the long run lift more weights because you’re doing it properly. Your blood is pumping,” Flanigan said. 

And by getting your blood pumping, you increase circulation helping you avoid an injury. 

Experts say your warm-up should last at least 15 minutes to make sure you’re getting the most out of your workout. 

In addition to some light cardio, Flanigan says dynamic stretching is a must. 

“Getting deep down into a squat. Doing twisting movements, things like that. Stretches where you’re moving in full range of motion in and out in a faster manner,” Flanigan said. 

Flanigan says warm-ups shouldn’t be skipped but if you’re short for time, he has this advice. 

“If you’re going to skip it altogether I would say have more of a moderate workout not an intense one,” Flanigan said. 

Helping you avoid soreness, injuries and getting the best workout you can. 

For a list of exercises you can do to warm up, click here.

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