Before starting any workout, a warm up is necessary to get your body ready for exercise. A proper warm up gets your blood pumping and muscles stretched to avoid injury during your workout. I suggest starting with 5-10 minutes of light cardio such as walking on an incline, jogging, cycling, or using the elliptical. If you can’t run or don’t have access to gym equipment, a combination of jumping jacks and running in place works too. Once your heart rate is elevated, a few dynamic stretches will loosen your joints and increase flexibility. Each stretch should take about 30-40 seconds.
Before starting any workout regiment, consult your medical provider.
Annie Shapiro is an NASM Certified Personal Trainer and NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. She has experience coaching rowing and training a wide range of clients from weight loss, mobility, rehabilitation, muscle gain, and more.
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