“Warm-Up” For the Cold Weather

Hope everyone had a happy holidays and hope that santa brought you all many many gifts for you “nice” people. If you were naughty… well, too bad for you… or not. ;o) I am proud to say that I didn’t overeat on Christmas day. I had a small portion of turkey (white meat only without the skin), an asparagus stick, 2 rolls, and no desert! And I feel grrrreeeaaaat! The worst is over and now its time to start planning out the year with my workouts. I’ve been doing pretty much the same training for the past few months and want to change it up a bit so I don’t overtrain myself and get bored. I’m thinking of mainly doing different intensity techniques and trying to lookup new or even old exercises I have never done before. I like incorporating exercises that the typical gym go-er normally doesn’t do… those exercises that people will stare at you with a puzzled look on their face thinking “what the hell is she doing.”

So the cold weather sucks… well, in my opinion it does. But with cold weather comes with a more need to warm-up before exercise. If you’re outside for a good while and its cold then the longer you’ll need to warm-up, but in general, 10 minutes would be ideal for really cold days and 5 minutes for cool days. Reasons: 1.) get the blood flowing to the joints & tendons to prevent injury, and 2.) growth hormone levels are higher when warm than when cold…. which you need GH in order to allow your muscles to grow. So just a low to moderate warm-up on the treadmill or elliptical or bike for 10 minutes would be good. You can also warm-up by doing calisthenics – “exercises consisting of a variety of simple movements, usually performed without weights or equipment, that are intended to increase body strength and flexibility using the weight of one’s own body for resistance; repeated motions of calisthenics done over an extended period of time builds muscle endurance” (source: wikipedia). Umm, some examples would be sit-ups, body squats, push-ups, sticking your arms out and make small circles, etc. So make sure to warm-up before doing any exercises this season!

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