“Warming up” is a way for you to prepare your body for what you are going to do to it in your exercise session (you beast, you!).
You’ll get the blood flowing to the muscles you’re about to use, lubricate your joins, and ease your heart rate into a higher pace.
Warming your body up will also help prevent injury, so you can keep on training.
If you’re going to use your own body weight, free weights, or machines in your workout session, here’s a quick warm up:
- Windmills. 20 each side.
- Side stretch. 5 each side.
- Downward dog w/leg stretch. 5 each leg.
- Slow squats. 20.
- Slow lunges. 20 each leg.
- Yoga push-ups on knees. 10.
Watch the quick instructional video:
This simple warm up will prepare your entire body for your exercise session.
Personal Trainer tips:
- Breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth in a controlled way.
- Focus on your alignment: keep your head in alignment with your spine. Shoulders down and back.
- Ground yourself using your core: pull your navel into your spine and tuck your tailbone beneath your body.
- Relax your face.
- Don’t tense your neck or forehead.
- Use sure footing.
- Don’t grunt…not only is it not sexy, it means one is not in control of their body and breathing.
- Smile: it really is your best asset 😊
Get warm. Beast up. Stay fit!
XOXO – Katy