There’s nothing better than finding a short, efficient workout that fits perfectly into your busy schedule. This does not mean, however, skipping out on warming up properly before exercise. A good warm-up should mimic the activity you’re getting ready to do, but you should perform movements at a lower intensity level. For example, walk quickly for a few minutes before beginning to jog. Warming up for strength training can involve going through the movements you’ll use during exercise, but without weights.
By gradually raising the intensity of your activity level, you’ll increase blood flow to your muscles which preps them for the work ahead. Additionally, you’ll help prevent injury, prepare your mind and improve your performance.
Remember to start with larger muscle groups and realize that a warm-up should do exactly as it says – warm you up – but should not leave you feeling fatigued. If you need help developing a warm-up plan, see a personal trainer. They can provide you with all you need to know to get started.