Essential Warm-Up Exercises to Do Before you Workout

 By Neon Teng | Published on June 21, 2022

Anyone who has injured themselves during a workout can tell you that they wished they spent more time warming up prior. Warming up before a workout slowly increases your heart rate and prepared the body for more intensive exercises by stretching out the muscles and loosening the joints.

Olympian athletes actually warm-up for 30 to 60 minutes before a competition to prevent any accidents during the critical moment. However, for the everyday person, you can just warm up 15 - 30 minutes before starting your workout.

Essential Warm-Up Exercises to Do Before you Workout

Here are some Essential warm-ups to do before you start your training session.

Lateral Lunge With Balance

With your feet hip-width apart, take a big step to the right. Then push your hips back, bending your right knee and lowering your body until your right knee is bent 90 degrees. Keep the lunge foot straight with the knee bent and directly in line with the foot. Your opposite leg should remain straight with the foot staying flat on the ground. Push off your bent leg into a balanced standing position. Repeat with the other leg. 

Squat With Reach

Place your heels on the plate, or object of your choice, and stand with your feet slightly wider than hip-width apart. With control, engage your core and glutes, Bend your knees,  reach your hips back, and lower down into a squat. Drop your arms down in between your legs. Then, drive into your heels to stand up, as you circle your arms out to the side. At the top, lift your arms straight u.

Plank Walk Out

Start from a standing position, reach your arms down to the ground and walk your hands out so that you’re in a plank, then walk your hands back toward your feet and stand up. Remember to keep your core engage. 

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