Be honest. How often do you actually take the time to warm-up before working out? If you said “never,” you’re not alone. But Nike Master Trainer Traci Copeland makes it very clear that dynamic stretches are a very important part of your workout—one that doesn’t have to take more than five minutes.
In the latest episode of Good Moves, the trainer explains that warming up is important for everything you do, whether you’re running, taking a HIIT class, hopping on your spin bike, doing a dance cardio workout, lifting weights—it doesn’t matter. “Warming up is essential,” she says. “It helps get your muscles warm and sends blood flow to your muscles, but it also prevents injury and gets your body ready for the workout itself.”
The great thing about warming up pre-workout is that, contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to take very long. Because let’s be real—finding the time to do 15-minute-long warm-ups before every workout just isn’t going to happen. Copeland has five dynamic stretches you can do for a minute each (including knee hugs, leg swings, and butt kicks), which will ensure you’re getting the most out of your workouts, as well as keeping your body safe and feeling good in the process.
The next time you gear up for your workout, make sure you’re doing these easy-to-follow dynamic stretches first. Everyone can squeeze in the extra five minutes to warm-up—especially when it’s doing you so much good.
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