Do I Really Need to Warm Up Before a Workout?
We, at Q4fit, do a lot of reading. Not as much with novels and a good blanket, but lots online. One of our great resources is the site we use for tracking our workouts. MapMyFitness has a great blog component on their site. This article is one that I found really helpful.
Patients ask me regularly if they really need to warm up before they work out. The short answer is yes. The longer answer is yes, but you need to do it the right way. (I’ll get to that shortly.)
Warmups are crucial because they get your muscles ready for activity. Without warming up, you not only risk injury but you also get less from your workout.
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