Don’t Skip the Warm-Up

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Have you been skipping the warm-up to your workout to shave minutes off your trip to the gym? While it saves time, you’re also putting yourself at risk for an injury or worse.

Studies show that when you jump right into a high-intensity workout without warming up, your heart might not get the extra blood supply it needs. On top of that, cold muscles are less elastic, so they could tear more easily. When you take the time to warm up properly, blood and oxygen flow increases, improving how your muscles move and boosting your performance in the actual workout. Warming up also naturally lubricates your bones and ligaments, helping you avoid injury.

So how do you actually warm up? With simple and easy movements that get the heart rate up and muscles moving. Here are some common dynamic moves to kick off your next workout:

 

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