It's true that warming up before a workout helps prevent muscle strain and injury. But if that's not enough to impress you, consider this: warming up for 5 to 10 minutes enables you to move run, play, and maneuver with greater speed. When your muscles are cold, they simply won't move as fast.

Important points:

  • Warming up simply means doing light aerobic exercise such as walking, jogging, or easy cycling. Your warm-up activity should be comfortable, not forced or strenuous.
  • Warming up and stretching are two different things. Be sure to warm up first, then ease into stretching. (Stretching cold muscles can cause muscle tears.)