A warm-up is a light activity that you do for 10 to 15 minutes to prepare your body for being active. Warming up helps improve your body's performance and reduces the chance of injury.
A warm-up can be any low intensity aerobic activity that uses your body's large muscle groups.
Try walking for 5 to 10 minutes then do some light stretches for another 5 to 10 minutes. These stretches can include arm circles, and bending and straightening your arms and legs.
During your warm-up, gradually increase your speed so your heart rate rises and more blood flows to your muscles. For example, start walking at a slow pace, then after your body has warmed up, walk at a quicker pace.
Sometimes warm-ups include movements that are similar to the exercise you're going to be doing. For example, you might shoot baskets before a basketball game, or jog for 5 minutes before doing a 5
Last Reviewed: December 2016
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