Warm Up Exercises

These warm up exercises to start, and if they work for you and you become more familiar with your muscles you can branch into more Warming Up Exercises and positions. You should always warm up before going for a walk, run cycle or swim. Warming up is important since it prepares your body and mind for physical exertion, while reducing the risk of injury.

 

Here is a set of warm-up exercises to do before any of the three programs which follow, they should take between 5 and 7 minutes:

Stretch Like a Cat

Stretch like a cat by rounding your back and pressing your arms forward, with your palms facing the wall or the ground, then facing up and to the right and left.

 

Make circular motions with your joints

Bend, stretch and make circles with each of your joints, one or more at a time: neck, shoulders, elbows, wrists, waist, hips, knees, ankles.

 

Running on the spot

Finish by walking on the spot at a slow to moderate speed for about three minutes. Make sure you relax your feet.

 

Do these movements initially with little exertion or movement and then slightly increase your range of motion. Continue to be relaxed and pay attention to how your body feels as it moves. You can then adjust your warm-up and become aware of your muscles and in turn, your body. There are only two things to watch out for: avoid moving your head backwards and bending your hips more than 25 degrees, in order to protect your back.

 

These exercises were taken from Dr. Larocques book “Be Slim From Within” which is available from all Motivation clinics. If you have any questions then please visit our clinic locator page to find your closest clinic to contact.

Blog Post by Claire Jackson