Stretching Routine: Warm Up Exercises
A good warm up prepares your body for more intense activity. It gets your blood flowing, raises your muscle temperature, and increases your breathing rate. Warming up gives your body time to adjust to the demands of exercise. This can improve your performance and help you get the results you want.
Stretching helps your body get ready for exercise. It is also an essential part of recovering from aerobic activity. All exercise sessions should end with stretching; increasing your flexibility improves your ability to move easily and can reduce your risk for injury.
A warm-up period should begin with slow, rhythmic movements, gradually increase the intensity until you break a light sweat. It is very important to do some stretching exercises before moving on to the strength and endurance activities.
This tutorial shows you a stretching and warm up routine either to do before a workout or to cool down after a workout.