A successful workout should always be preceded with an effective warm up. Skipping a warm up has a negative effect on exercise and can possibly lead to injury. A warm up only has to be 5-10 minutes to have a positive effect on a work out. Here are 5 reasons to have a warm up before your workout.
Warming up does not have to be a complex separate workout. An effective warm up can simply be some light blood-pumping cardio such as a short jog or jump rope, stretching and mimicking movements that will be performed during the workout such as lunges, pushups or lifts. Precede any workout with 5-10 minutes of a warm up depending on the intensity of the workout.