As I age, I find and strongly promote the warm-up phase as a must-do before any physical activity or workout. Regardless of age and fitness level, the warm-up allows the person to respect their body before demanding more from the different systems. As the name implies, a proper warm-up increases the body and muscle core temperature which facilitates a more complete unloading of oxygen from the blood to the muscles. And oxygen is needed to burn fat and calories. Another important effect of the warm-up phase is to prepare the nervous system for action. It is the neurons that provide the signal for the muscles to contract. Knowing this, (which is not all the benefits of warming-up) why would one ignore warming up?
Now lets looks at some examples of some warm ups:
Before a workout, why don’t you jog a few blocks or walk 10 minutes on a machine like the treadmill, elliptical, or the bike.
If you do not want to jog or use a cardio machines, you can also do some high knees or high kicks.
If the top two options do not interest you, you can simply do stretches. Remember to stretch all your major muscle groups and use proper form when stretching.
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