Is finding time to warm up and cool down before and after your workouts? A warm-up prepares the body for physical activity. This can help your body be more efficient in your workouts. Typically, doing a cardiovascular exercise for five to ten minutes at a low-moderate intensity should get you moving in the right direction.

And don't forget the cool down. This should be about five to ten minutes in duration. Flexibility is very important in the cool down because it will help bring the muscles back to their original resting length after the workout.