Any well-executed exercise begins with a proper warm-up to get your heart pumping. Warming up before exercise strengthens your heart and helps prevent injuries by loosening muscles and increasing flexibility.
Warm-Up Exercise: Jumping Jacks
Jumping jacks are an easy and effective warm-up, combining both cardio and strength training in one simple move. Doing 5 or 10 minutes of jumping jacks before beginning your regular workout will help prepare your heart muscle for the increased demand for intense exercise.
- Begin with your feet together, your arms at your sides and your head facing forward.
- Jump slightly into the air and simultaneously spread your legs out to a shoulder-width stance, landing on the balls of your feet, and swinging your arms out to the sides, then over your head.
- Without stopping, jump slightly again and reverse this motion, returning to your original starting position.
- Repeat for 2-3 minutes.