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When life is crazy and you're insanely busy (so like, all day every day), it's tempting to jump right into your workout to maximise the time you've got. But when you skip a warm-up and just go from 0 to 60, you're setting your body up to be less efficient—and potentially end up with an injury.
Exercising without a warm-up is a huge no-no. When you are performing strength-training exercises, your muscles shorten and lengthen, and if they aren't warm or 'prepped,' your muscles are more prone to tear and pull.
So what's a time-crunched gal to do? The truth is, you really only need five minutes to get in a good warm-up. You just have to stop looking at it as taking away from your workout, but rather, recognise that it's helping you better maximise the minimal time you've got. We’ve put together a great, go-to five minute warm-up you can use before most strength-training sessions.
Hip circles – 8 reps outward, 8 reps inward
Hip rotations are a great way to loosen up the hips. If your hips are tight, these are so important to help with preparing for lower body exercises. Tight hips can inhibit the muscles around them from firing properly, specifically the glues, which can cause other body parts to compensate and become strained.
• Stand with feet together.
• Raise one knee to 90 degrees. Circle the hip out, making a big circle with your knee. Make the movement as wide as you can while staying stable.
• Keep circling slowly for eight reps, then switch direction for another eight reps. Repeat on the other leg.
Arm circles – 8 reps forward, 8 reps backward
Arm circles are a great (and super easy) way to loosen up tension in the shoulders and get the joints warm.
• Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, arms by your sides.
• Slowly swing your arms forward in a circular motion. You should feel your shoulders loosening up as you go.
• Continue the circular motion for eight reps. Then, circle the arms in the opposite direction for eight reps.
Jump rope – 2 minutes
Jumping rope is one of the quickest ways to get your heart rate up and your body warm. We suggest jumping for two minutes at a moderate pace. You should feel your heart beating faster. Feel free to get fancy, if you feel comfortable with the rope. Bonus: Jumping rope is a great warm-up for your arms and shoulders, too!
Walk-outs – 8 reps
Walk-outs are particularly good for stretching the hamstrings, and also activate your core. With this move, you'll work on flexibility, mobility, and strength. Pick up the speed to get your heart rate pumping even more.
• Start with your feet hip-width apart, arms at sides.
• Bend at the hips to reach your hands to floor; crawl out to a high plank position.
• Pause for a couple seconds with your shoulders over your wrists and abs engaged.
• Crawl your hands back to feet and stand up. That's one rep.
• Do eight reps.
Reverse lunge to knee raise – 12 reps each side
Lunges work the glutes, quads, and hamstrings. Plus, going straight from lunge to lift requires some serious core strength and stability.
• Stand with your feet hip-width apart.
• Take a big step back with your right foot. Bend both knees, lowering yourself until your right knee is about six inches off the floor.
• Push off your right foot to stand up, and bring the knee out in front of you at a 90-degree angle.
• Immediately step your right foot back into another reverse lunge.
• Do 12 reps on one leg, then 12 reps on the other.
Squats – 15 reps
Squats work your glutes, quads, and hamstrings. And depending on what type of strength training you're doing, there's a good chance you'll be doing a squatting motion at some point, with or without weight. Doing a few as part of your warm-up helps your body get used to the movement before you progress it.
• Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart, toes turned out slightly, hands at your chest.
• Bend at your knees and hips to move into a squat, bringing your butt down to knee height. Keep your chest high.
• Drive through your heels to return to standing. Do 15 reps.
Squat pulses – 10 seconds
After you've done 15 squats, we suggest to pulse in the squat position for 10 seconds. It works the same muscles in a slightly different way, and adding some speed raises your heart rate a bit, too. Remember to keep your back flat (no arching or rounding) and chest raised.
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