Health Tip: Warm Up Before You Exercise

(HealthDay News) -- Taking a few extra minutes to warm up before your workout can offer many health benefits.

The American Council on Exercise mentions these examples:

  • Increased core body temperature, which leads to more efficient calorie burning.

  • Muscles are able to contract more quickly and forcefully.

  • More oxygen is sent to the working muscles due to increased metabolic rate.

  • Better elasticity in the muscles, which reduces the risk of injury.

  • Improved muscle control and range of motion in the joints.

  • More comfortable, longer workouts and improved psychological preparedness to exercise.

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