Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Instagram
Best Warmup For Your Workout 0
in Fit on the Side Workouts

Best Warmup For Your Workout

best warmup for your workout

Best warmup for your workout. A few days ago we talked about the why warming up is so necessary for your muscles, which you can read here: How Important Is A Warmup. So now that you are hopefully convinced that warming up is a must, how do you do it and what do you do?

best warmup for your workout

BEST WARMUP FOR YOUR WORKOUT

How long? First, note that warming up is not an option, so suck it up and make time for it. I understand that it can be tempting to skip a warmup if you are pressed for time, but if you do and you wind up hurting yourself then you’ll lose out even more. Aim to spend a solid 5-10 minutes warming up and preparing your muscles for your workout.

A proper warm up should imitate the type of activity you are about to do, but at a lower intensity. Also, it really needs to be a dynamic warmup that gets your heart pumping.

Lower body workouts. For any workout where your legs are the primary focus, for example running or a leg day at the gym, you’ll want to make sure that your legs are ready to go. Walking is always a great and effective option to start. I usually also do a series of jumping jacks just to get my whole body moving. Then you can move into a set of front and side lunges. I also like to include a set of deep, wide leg, turned out squat (or plies in second, for all of you dancers out there). Then I finish things off by doing hip rotations and rolling out on my foam roller.

Since running outdoors is tough on my knees and hips, I’ve become an unapologetic treadmill runner. My warm up is 7 minutes and goes as follows:
5 minutes of incline walking at a fast pace.
2 minutes of lunges and some very very light stretching
Then I build up to my speed over the course of 2 minutes.

Upper body workouts. If your workout is more upper body focused then add some arm swings, arm circles and shoulder rotations into the mix. Also include roll downs to get your spine moving and imitate some of the moves you will be doing in your workout. If, for instance, you will be lifting weights then include some push ups into this mix.

Total body workouts. If you are doing a total body workout or participating in a specific sport then you’ll want to combine all of the above.
5 roll downs with straight legs to articulate your spine
30 seconds Jumping jacks
5 minutes running on the spot (or jumping rope)
10 Lunges to the side and front on each leg
20 Deep wide leg stance squats (turned out legs)
10 push ups (on your knees is just fine)
2 minutes rolling out if you have a foam roller

best warmup for your workout

Since most of us have jobs that are relatively sedentary, remember that these few minutes are your time to mentally and physically prepare yourself for a workout and they should be taken seriously, even though it might be tempting to just jump into a workout. In fact, you should train yourself to think of the warm up as a critical part of you workout instead of something extra. Over the long run, warm-ups will play a huge roll in keeping your body healthy and functioning at an optimal level.

How much time do you take to warmup?

For more don’t forget to follow me on INSTAGRAM and BLOGLOVIN

IF YOU ENJOYED THIS ARTICLE PLEASE SHARE IT AND SIGN UP FOR REGULAR UPDATES

blogger
images courtesy of DollarPhotoClub

Caroline

Caroline has been dancing ballet and modern for most of her life. She has worked as an indoor rock climbing instructor, personal trainer and most recently, a top level, fully certified Pilates instructor teaching high profile athletes and Hollywood celebrities.

Latest posts by Caroline (see all)

    You Might Also Like

    How To Curb Emotional Eating

    Why Should Women Lift Weights

    Why Do I Need To Stretch My Calves

    6 Best Exercises For Runners

    What Is The Deal With All These Diets

    No Gym Arm Workout

    The Truth About Protein Shakes

    Best Complimentary Activity For Your Workout.

    Muscle Pain VS Injury

    A Fool Proof Easy Way To Lose Weight

    Your Guide To Killer Abs

    Yoga VS Pilates Which One Is For You

    How To Strengthen Your Bones

    When You Don’t Have Time To Workout

    How To Detox Your Body Naturally

    Pros And Cons Of The Elliptical

    Everything You Need To Be A Runner

    How To Treat Sore Muscles

    Which Style Of Yoga Is Best For You

    Theraband Workout

    Top 10 Songs For The Gym

    Muscle Imbalances And Upper Body Pain

    How To Deal With Muscle Cramps

    10 Easy Ways To Get More Fit

    How To Make A Short Workout Count

    How To Boost Your Metabolism

    Treadmill Running Charts

    How To Start Running

    Wrist Exercises For Bloggers

    Killer Abs Ball Workout

    Best Headphones For Working Out

    8 Ways To Learn To Love Running

    How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

    Get Fit The Easy Way

    Fitness Terms You Should Know

    5 Cardio Myths Debunked

    How To Improve Your Posture

    How To Ease Sciatic Pain

    Why You Are Not Losing Weight

    Why What You Wear To The Gym Matters

    Best Stretches Pre And Post Swim

    Succeed At Working Out

    What Is Pilates

    How To Maximize Your Gym Time

    How To Work With A Personal Trainer

    My Gym Bag Essentials

    What To Eat Before A Party

    20 Minute Workout By FitWise

    Why You Need To Cool Down Post Workout

    Home Gym Must Haves

    7 Healthy Morning Habits for Looking And Feeling Your Best

    7 Times It Is Okay To Skip A Workout

    Get Fit While Watching TV

    What To Eat Pre And Post Workout

    How To Increase Your Endurance

    Health Fitness And My Thyroid

    Best Travel Workout

    Why Should You Meditate

    Eat Carbs And Lose Weight

    When To Listen To Your Body

    How To Have Energy After Lunch

    How To Relieve Joint Pain

    Losing Weight In 2017

    Frequently Asked Fitness Questions

    Why Do We Focus On Weight

    How To Become A Runner

    Best Exercises If You Do Manual Labour

    All About Your Knees

    Should You Exercise When You Are Sick

    A Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 2

    Running Outdoors in Winter

    How To Deal With Bloating

    Foods That Reduce Stress

    Are you Over Exercising

    Natural Energy Drinks

    Your At Home Workout Routine

    Your Workout Motivation

    How To Feel Good About Your Body

    Why You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself

    Exercise And Your Skin

    How To Come Back After An Injury

    Diet And Fitness Tips You Need To Ignore

    Can I Lose Weight And Still Eat Sweets

    Urban Hiking The New Workout

    5 Day Workout Plan Part 1

    6 Tips To Stop Bloating

    Is Running Bad For Your Knees

    Why Is Sitting Too Much So Bad

    Killer Foam Roller Ab Workout

    Your Summer Fitness Guide

    The Importance Of Stretching In Style

    The Basics Of Hip Stretches

    5 Daily Habits That Hurt Your Health

    Caffeine And Working Out

    Sports Drinks VS Water

    September Ab Challenge Week Three

    Working Out Diet And Your Period

    Post Workout Beauty Hacks

    September Ab Challenge Week Two

    How To Actually Lose Weight

    Cold Weather And Muscle Pain

    The Only Diet You Need Is Balance

    Cute Workout Gear For Every Body Shape

    How To Feel Confident About Your Diet

    Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 1

    How To Keep Gym Clothes Fresh

    How To Incorporate Exercise Into Everyday

    How To Eat Healthy Without Trying

    Working Out After 40

    How To Increase Your Bust Size

    How To Choose A Personal Trainer

    How To Buy The Best Running Shoes

    Best Foods To Give You Energy

    How To Feel Confident When Working Out

    How To Maintain Weight Loss

    5 Day Workout Plan Part 2

    Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Make You Fat

    How To Cut 500 Calories A Day Without Exercise

    At Home Quickstart Workout

    Why You Should Take A Dance Class Now

    How To Increase Flexibility

    Why Your Workout Suddenly Feels Hard

    How To Incorporate Pilates Into Everyday

    Benefits Of Walking

    Losing Weight In Your 40s

    Summer Health And Beauty

    Is Training Harder Better

    All About Pilates

    How To Alleviate Back Pain

    The Importance Of Cross Training

    September Ab Challenge Week One

    Everyone Can Learn To Love Exercise

    Lean Greens Review

    Hit The Gym In Style

    Stay Fit And Healthy For The Holidays

    Tips For Getting Back To The Gym

    How To Deal With A Bad Workout

    Do I Really Need To Workout

    Traveling With A Sensitive Stomach

    The Truth About Abs

    Muscle Imbalance And Knee Pain

    11 Most Common Workout Mistakes

    Should I Use A Heart Rate Monitor

    How To Buy Workout Clothes

    Best Stretches For Runners

    Best Gifts For The Fitness Lover

    Run Better With These Easy Tips

    How Breathing Can Improve Your Workout

    Ballet For Fitness: Is Back In Style

    Your Must Do Morning Workout

    20 Minute Workout From FitWise

    Fitness Myths Debunked

    Why Exercise Is Good For Your Skin

    How Much Weight Can You Lose In A Month

    How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

    Morning Stretches True North Fitness Guide

    Muscle Imbalance And Back Pain

    Top 5 Fitness Posts of 2015

    Shoulder Stretches

    Best Low Impact Workouts

    Stretching Mistakes You Might Be Making

    Diet Foods To Avoid

    Tips On Getting And Staying Fit In 2016

    Best Exercises For A Desk Job

    How To Get A Shapely Butt

    How to Stick With Your Diet When No One Wants You To

    September Ab Challenge Recap

    5 Best Abdominal Exercises

    How To Keep Your Diet On Track

    How To Stay Healthy In Winter

    How To Speed Up Weight Loss

    Must Do Morning Stretches

    Underactive Thyroid And Weight Loss

    How To Stay Healthy For The Holidays

    September Ab Challenge Week Four

    Is CrossFit Right For You

    Talk Fitness With An Expert

    How To Wear Athleisure

    Ultimate Foot Guide And How To Relieve Foot Pain

    Why Is Exercise So Important

    How To Be A Better Athlete

    What To Do When You Plateau

    Is being thin enough

    How To Know If You Are Exercising Too Much

    Best Arm Exercises For Summer 2015

    What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Exercising

    Best Recipes For Food Sensitivities

    5 Stretches To Do Before Bed

    Best Stretches If You Sit At A Desk All Day

    Ballet Inspired Leg Workout

    How To Love Your Body

    Best Exercises To Tone Your Glutes

    4 Ways To Turn Your Walk Into A Workout

    How To Workout In The Morning

    What If I Hate The Gym

    What To Look For In A Smoothie

    How Important Is A Warmup

    FitWise A Sneak Peek

    Tips On Working Out In Summer Months

    How To Get Your Diet Back On Track

    How To Easily Get Fit And Healthy

    Pocket Fitness Guides

    Best Exercises If You Are On Your Feet All Day

    October Fashion Beauty And Fitness Picks

    Why You Are Doing Your Ab Workout All Wrong

    High Impact VS Low Impact

    What Is Your Perfect Workout

    Best Stretches For Relaxation

    Great Metabolism Myths

    What You Should Know About Fitness

    What To Do Post Workout

    Free Weights VS Machines

    Foot And Ankle Exercises

    Fitness Fanatics Shopping Guide

    How To Make Exercise A Habit

    FitWise Straight Talk About Getting Fit And Healthy

    Toning VS Bulking Up

    Best Exercises For a Toned Back

    5 Comments

    1. Linda Manns Linneman

      I do know that you can really injure yourself if you do not warm up first. I really enjoyed your wisdom on this subject. Thank you for sharing

      1. Thank you! This post was inspired by a fried of mine who pulled a muscle in her hip because she wasn’t warmed up.
        xo

    2. I definitely have to take my warm ups a bit more serious!

      1. That’s awesome! Warmups are so necessary for a good workout.
        xo

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

    The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.

    Close