How Long Should a Warm-Up Last?

Short Warm-Ups May Be Best

A study by the University of Calgary Human Performance Laboratory found that certain types of warm-up activities may be better than others when it comes to improving performance, and delaying fatigue. Their research showed that shorter, less intense warm-ups may be better than long, more intense warm-ups.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, for example, recommends a 5 to 10-minute walk to warm and loosen your muscles before moving into a strength-training session.

A warm-up session prior to a workout is essential to prevent injuries.

Cold muscles do not stretch and contract as readily as when their fibers are warm. Consequently, tearing may occur if you skip the warm-up. In addition, a warm body’s capacity to deliver oxygen and nutrient-loaded blood to muscle tissue is greater.

Before you start your strength-training with proper weights, you should do one warm-up set with easy weights on every muscle-group you train.

 

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