How to Prepare for Exercise
- Q Why is it important to warm up before an exercise?
Dr. Grant Cooper, Physical Medicine & RehabilitationWithout the warm-up, your stretching may result in injury when you try to stretch tight muscles. Your warm-up can be a brisk walk or other brief aerobic exercise, or a combination of light aerobic exercise and light weight training such as lifting a... Full Answer
- Q How should I warm up my muscles before stretching?
Dr. Harris McIlwain, Pain MedicineAlways warm your muscles before you start your stretches. Walk or march in place or climb up and down flight of stairs slowly for a few minutes before stretching. Focus on your posture, abdominal control (keeps your spine straight), and regular breathing... Full Answer
- Q Why is it important to stay hydrated when exercising?
Dr. Dawn Marcus, NeurologyThe journal Proceedings of the Nutrition Society published important recommendations from a nutrition conference held at the University of Nottingham. The nutrition conference on hydration and exercise produced these important findings:... Full Answer