If you’re going to workout, you’ve got to warm up.
Why? Exercise puts your body in a state of stress; it’s not easy doing burpees, squat thrusts and mountain climbers. As the old saying goes:
fail to prepare, prepare to fail.
Or in this instance be prepared to ache and possibly get injured.
A good warm up session will:
- increase oxygen and nutrient rich blood flow to muscles, tissues and cells
- increase blood flow through muscles making them more flexible
- prepare the cardiovascular system for an increase in heart rate to prevent a sudden rise in blood pressure
- increase body temperature
- optimize athletic performance
- help your body adapt to harsh weather conditions
- prevent injury
I don’t know about you but I always wake up with such a stiff lower back, honestly, I feel about 90. However, these warm up moves help wake me up, loosen me up and prep my whole body for exercise.
Cardio: typically i’ll do butt kicks ×20, star jumps ×20, cross jacks ×20
Spinal twists ×20
Squat to leg/hip circle ×6 each leg (3 clockwise, 3 anticlockwise)
Down dog to plank ×10
Plank swimmers ×6 each arm (3 clockwise, 3 anticlockwise)
WATCH THE VIDEO to see the moves in action.
You don’t to spend ages warming up. I usually warm up for 5-10 minutes whilst listening to some motivating music to get me in the zone, before getting my sweat on and smashing out a HIIT session. Then i’ll take 10 minutes or so to unwind, stretch and cool down with a little yoga flow and some chill tunes.
Happy stretching x