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The Warm Up | Exercise

Timeless Fitness Tip

Warming Up is Essential

Most people want to skip their warm-up and get right into their exercise. While this is a common sentiment, this is also dangerous.

The Warm Up Stretch

Before you start to exercise, most of the body's blood is circulating through the organs, glands, heart, intestines, and so forth. When you begin to exercise, the blood is sent away from these areas to the muscles to supply them with nutrients and oxygen. If you do not warm up, the body is not ready and damage can occur to the heart and muscles.

A good warm-up consists of slow, deliberate, rhythmic movements -- such as very light bend-and-back movements for waist, arms, legs, and more. Keep it up for five minutes to increase your blood flow gradually. This is called warm-up because it actually makes your muscles warm!

It's important to begin exercise slowly, bringing the heart rate up from its resting heart rate to its target heart rate. A warm-up should last from 15 to 30 minutes. The most common amount of time is 20 minutes. It does seem rather long when you're new to exercise, but this is probably when you require it the most!

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