August 21, 2019

Moving Warm Up Stretch

Fit Body:

Moving Warm Up

A proper workout warm up means moving your muscles continuously for 8-10 minutes. The purpose of a warm up is to do exactly that, prepare your body for the work of an upcoming workout. Any activity that circulates your blood, increases heart rate and breathing, and moves several muscles qualifies. Try this moving single knee to chest warm up stretch before your next walk or run. Begin by taking a step with your right foot, then bring your left knee up hugging it to your chest for one second. Lower your left knee and take a step with your left foot. Then, bring your right knee up and hug it to your chest. Lower, and step forward. Repeat walking forward and lifting your knee.

 

 

Do You Warm Up?

Fit Body:

Don’t ignore your warm up!

Warming up before your workout prepares all the systems of your body for movement.  You’ll be increasing circulation through range of motion, energizing your heart and lungs, actively stretching your muscles to reduce the risk of injury and getting your mind focused. Perform an 8-10 minute appropriate warm up consisting of moving your muscles consistently, at a low to moderate intensity level. Walking provides a great warm up for most activities. Or simply do your workout activity, like cycling, slower in the beginning. Gradually build up pace, speed and intensity to your main workout set over the 8-10 minutes. And if it’s cold outside, you may even need a longer warm up.

Is Range of Motion Exercise for You?

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Do Range of Motion!

Range of motion exercise is moving a joint through it’s pain-free rage of motion to increase circulation and mobility. Ankle range of motion serves as a great pre-exercise to high-impact and low-impact exercise. Here are 3 ankle range of motion exercises to get started. Do each 5-8 times.

Lift toes/Lower toes.

Circle your ankle in both directions.

Rotate the bottom of your foot in and then out.

 

 

*Consult your physician before beginning exercise.

Should you skip the warm-up?

Get Fit Quick Tip:

Always warm-up for your workout!

A warm-up is an essential component of your workout and should NOT be skipped, or even abbreviated. Prepare your body for exercise with 8-10 minutes of dynamic (moving your body continuously) exercise. You’ll prepare your muscles and your cardiovascular system for the increased work load of exercise. A proper warm-up is any movement of your major muscle groups aerobically. For example:

Walking. Walking outside or on the treadmill makes a great warm up for just about every activity. Start slow and build up speed.

Calisthenics. Jogging, jumping jacks, hopping are all great warm up activities that move many muscles and increase our core temperature.

No load exercises. Perform your weight exercises, without weight. No load exercises are great to develop muscle memory patterns as well.

Range of motion exercises. Move each joint through it’s natural range of motion. For example, wrist circles, ankle circles or knee bending and extending. Do 5-8 reps.

*Consult your physician before beginning exercise.