by Christina Russell
Rushing into a workout may seem like a good time-saver, but by skipping a warm-up you could be putting your body at serious risk for injury. A dynamic warm-up includes stretches with movement and is the perfect beginning to any workout whether you run, lift or play ball. By incorporating a dynamic warm-up to your routine, you'll be warming up all the joints & muscles that you're about to use and preparing your mind and body for what's to come.
It is just as important to cool down and stretch after a workout as it is to warm-up your muscles beforehand. Static stretches (stretches held for 10-30 seconds each) are best to finish a workout. Aim for a total of 5-10 minutes. Stretching right after a workout when your muscles are warm will help to; improve flexibility which can lead to less injuries, lower your heart rate back to it's resting state gradually so you don't pass out and prevent pooling of blood in your lower extremities.
Celebrity Trainer, Mommy of 2
Christina's passion is helping others achieve balance between fitness, family and wellness. She is a celebrity trainer for DDP Yoga and has worked with men and women in the fields of nutrition, personal training and pre/post natal fitness. She is also the blogger & home workout creator behind BodyRebooted.com and the author behind the Healthy & Free Cookbook and 30 Days To A New You, but her favorite job in the whole world though is being mommy to 2 adorable kids.
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