WHY SHOULD YOU WARM UP BEFORE EXERCISE?
Warm-ups don’t have to be long or complicated –simply, help your muscles and joints prepare for the session ahead.
1. Start off with some light, aerobic movement for a few minutes. This can be as simple as going for a brisk walk, slowly jogging or a combination of jogging, walking and even skipping. This movement will help elevate your heart rate and get the blood pumping.
2. Next, take a few minutes to stretch or roll. Even a quick stretch can help reduce muscle tightness and allow you to move at your best.
3. Strides: start with a few short strides (try 60-100m) to gradually build up your speed. These strides can also be a good time to focus on your technique before you get too tired.
Over time you’ll begin to notice which stretches and exercises are most helpful for reducing tightness and increasing range of motion.