Get ready for exercise! The essential warm up

POSTED BY Busy Moms | 17 October 2016 | Fitness

Finally you just carved out some time to exercise, which is not easy when you juggle between work and kids. But wait a minute! What about the warm up? Ooops… Is it really necessary?

Yes, indeed. Let me show you why.

The same way as it is not great to jump into the cold water (brrrrr) it is not great to jump into exercising without warm-up. It is essential to prepare your muscles and circulation for the workout, so do not skip it!

If you are still not convinced, here are some more arguments on why warm-up is goof for you:

  • Prepares the body for the physical activity by gradually increasing the heart rate
  • Increases circulation and temperature
  • Prepares the respiratory system to supply more oxygen to the cells
  • Redistributes blood supply among the organs – increase the circulation of the muscles
  • Loosens the joints
  • Prevents injury
  • Helps to attune mentally

Now convinced, right? So let’s see what you can do as warm-up:

  • Stretching

– Resolves muscles stress and optimize muscle tone. Keep it static, start with a light stretch at the beginning and after some cardio work. It’s great to stretch when you get out the bed and during the day as well, especially if you work in an office environment.

  • Cardio

– Intensifies the heart rate and circulation and to prepare the respiratory system for the increased oxygen demand.

  • Strength exercises

– Work on all your big muscle groups to increase their temperature and oxygen supply.

Sounds simple, right? If you need a less sophisticated warm-up, just dance around like in a crazy teen party (20 years ago…:) ).

Working with a short program like Busy Moms’ Fitness app may tempt you to skip warm up… but don't do it! Add at least a few minutes before starting your workout to stretch your muscles and joints, increase your heart rate and tone your muscles.