A proper warm-up should be part of every workout. But, you don’t want to waste your time and energy warming up, instead of focusing your efforts and intensity on the workout itself. Set aside 10 minutes for a dynamic warm-up that will prime your muscles without promoting fatigue.
A dynamic warm-up is a method used to prepare the body for exercise that actively engaging your muscles through a functional range of motion. Done correctly, a dynamic warm-up will use continuous movement to transition from a resting heart rate and body temperature to a working heart rate. The idea here is to get your heart going, increase core temperature and break a sweat.
Your best bet is to model your warm-up after your workout. Think about the muscles you are preparing to use during your workout, then prep those movements and muscles as part of the warm-up. By developing flexibility and coordination, while serving as a means of injury prevention, the dynamic warm up will improve elasticity of muscles, tendons, ligaments and the range of motion around joints.
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