It’s pretty easy to ditch a warm-up when you’re just gagging to dive into your workout. But did you know prepping your body before physical activity can boost your session and reduce the chance of injury? Trust me: my prior ignorance has cost me a few reluctant physio appointments, so a warm-up isn’t just good for you – it’s great for your wallet. It also loosens the joints, gets the blood flowing, the lungs pumping, and sends a signal to your muscles that you’re ready to move. And it doesn’t need to be a slog either: even if you only spend the length of your favourite tune doing a few exercises, you’re much better off than doing nothing at all.
If you need some tips, here are my five favourite moves I like to do before I hit the road:
Marching on the spot (20 knee raises in total)
Kick outs (10 on each leg)
Leg swings (10 on each leg)
Hip openers (10 on each leg)
Dynamic chest stretch (20 in total)
A warm-up can be as long as you need it to be, depending on the intensity of your session. But if you’re taking it nice and easy, anything from 5 to 10 minutes should get your primed and ready to roll.
How do you like to warm-up before a workout? Let me know in the comments!
By: Matilda Egere-Cooper (who’s now mastered the art of social distancing on a run)