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Easy and Effective Warm-up Exercises Before Workout

Kundan Pandey Mar 12, 2019
Starting a workout without a proper warm-up is a big mistake because it increases the risk of injuries. Here is an advice on how to warm up properly before a workout.
Never stretch cold muscles. Static stretches should be avoided before a workout; instead you can do some dynamic stretches. You can do static stretches during the cool down phase.
Warm-up is something that might not help to burn loads of calories, like a good running session would. But, it is important to follow a proper warm-up session prior to any workout.
Also, during winters one should spend few extra minutes to warm up. Because, due to the colder temperatures your muscles tend to be tighter in winters. In the colder seasons workout-related injuries are more common, due to an improper warm-up.
A warm-up generally lasts for 10 minutes, however, you can warm up for a longer duration of time if you want.
There are many benefits of a warm-up, but the two most important ones are - first it helps to prevent injuries and secondly it helps to keep a better form during the exercises.
Warm-up helps to increase the blood flow, which raises the temperature of the muscles. This warms the muscles which improves the elasticity of the collagen fibers. It helps to maintain your posture better while working out and improves your range of motion.
Working out with warmed up muscles prevents injuries. Also, warm-up helps to mentally wake you up, and you enjoy your workout better.
Warm-up should be such that you should start sweating mildly, however, the warm-up shouldn't leave you fatigued. Here are steps on following a proper warm-up prior to your workout.

Loosening the Joints

Loosening the joints helps greatly prior to a workout.
  • Roll your wrists 15 times in forward and backward motion.
  • Roll your neck 15 times clockwise and counterclockwise motion.
  • Roll your shoulders 15 times with a forward and backward motion.
  • Keeping your feet together, roll your waist 15 times in forward and backward motion.
  • Keeping your feet together, roll your knees 15 times in clockwise and counterclockwise motion.
  • Roll your ankles 15 times with a forward and backward motion.

Dynamic Stretches

Here are some dynamic stretching exercises that you can follow before a workout.
  • Do front to back leg swings 15 times with each leg.
  • Then do side leg swings for each leg 15 times.
  • Then do knee lifts, 15 lifts for each leg.
  • March on the spot, for 1 minute.
  • Swing your arms front to back 15 times.
  • Swing your arms side to side 15 times.
Dynamic stretches are different than the static stretches. In a static stretch a person stretches a particular body part, and holds that position for a few seconds. For example, touching the toes for stretching legs.
However, to warm up the legs, dynamic stretches focus on improving the range of motion. Swinging legs in different ways is an example of dynamic stretching. Here are some dynamic stretching exercises that you can follow before a workout.

Mild Jogging

Once you are done with the previously mentioned exercises you would have warmed up pretty much, but you can still do around 5 minutes of mild jogging. You can either jog around the house, on a treadmill, or on the spot.

Jumping Jack

Jumping jack is an excellent warm-up exercise. It involves use of both the legs and arms at the same time. It helps to loosen up the joints, and warm the muscles. So, you can do 30 - 50 jumping jacks for a better warm-up.
These warm-up exercises can be followed before any type of workout. However, there are some specific warm-up exercises that one has to follow prior to a dance class or sports.
For example, you will need to follow your drills prior to football, one has to follow specific dynamic stretching exercises prior to a dance workout, you will need to do a series of loosening kicks before kickboxing, etc. Talk to your fitness instructor to know more about warm-up exercises prior to a specific sports, fitness, or dance sessions.