Before completing any workout, you need to warm up to help slowly increase your heart rate, increase blood flow to your muscles, and generally prepare for more strenuous physical activity.
In addition, cooling down after you workout benefits your body to gradually return your heart rate back to normal and remove any lactic acid from your legs to help prevent soreness.
As a Health Coach and Personal Trainer, I get a lot of questions about what clients should do for a warm up. In addition to a light 5-10 minutes of cardio, I recommend some specific dynamic stretching moves to warm up the joints, back, and neck.
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