Flickr photo by configmanagerTaylor Ryan, head trainer for The Art of Weight Lifting and the Charleston, South Carolina-based Fat-Blasting Boot Camps for Moms, is The Stir's personal trainer, here each week to help us get in shape.
Today, your warm-up. Too many women skip this, but it's one of the most important parts of the workout.
Warming up is essential for prepping your body for the hard work ahead and getting maximum results. It should take just 5 to 10 minutes and could lead you to a more intense, efficient, and safer workout. The warm-up increases blood flow to the muscles and expands your joints' range of motion, letting your body know it's about to work hard.
Jumping straight into a workout boosts your risk of injury and holds you back from pushing yourself to the limit.
Jogging for a few minutes beforehand is okay, but I suggest exercises that mimic the strength-training exercises you're going to be doing. Why run if you're getting ready to do squats and push-ups?
Do 1 to 2 sets of 10 of the following:
- Body-weight squats
- Incline push-ups
- Jumping jacks or squat jumps
- Standard push-ups
Your body will love you for the warm-up. Just don't forget the cool-down ...