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Lifting Tip: Don't Skip the Warm Up

Lifting Tip: Don't Skip the Warm Up

Every workout should start with a warm up, even strength training. So before you pick up those dumbbells, take some time to warm up. Five minutes of cardio is enough to get your blood flowing and increased blood flow increases muscles contraction by 55 percent. So warming up helps your muscles work more.

Not only that, but even a five minute warm up decreases your body's perceived exertion of how hard you are working. Yep, a little warm up can make things feel easier. If that doesn't convince you to spend five minutes on the elliptical before pumping iron, let me just remind you warming up is one of the best ways to prevent injuries. Since even a minor injury can hinder a workout, you really want to avoid getting hurt.

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jessytastic jessytastic 9 years
I always start with a quick interval walk/jog for about 10 mins. Then I stretch and do my weights. I have yet to hurt myself. :)
sparklestar sparklestar 9 years
I always start with stretches and then 10 minutes on the eliptical. What's the point in only warming up muscles in your legs (i.e. by doing warm up on a treadmill) when you're going to be lifting weights with your arms too? I do all over warm-ups, my flexibility and results have definitely improved.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
Pluckyred - For sure! That 25 minute walk counts as a warm up!
feelthesun feelthesun 9 years
Good tip! I didn't realize that!
ElectroPopTart ElectroPopTart 9 years
Yah, I see the HOTTEST boys with the BEST bodies run for about 10 minutes then they hopp their sexy a$$ to the weights =P
pluckyred pluckyred 9 years
I've often wondered if a 25 brisk minute walk to the gym counts as a warm up. I'm inclined to think that it does.
wren1 wren1 9 years
Good tip! I hurt my neck recently doing free weights without a warm-up. Ouch!
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I do 5 minutes of like power walking on the treadmill and after that I am itching to start :)
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Very important!
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