Warming up...to do it or not to do it... that is the question.. 😬
Lets face it. Most of us know that maybe we should warmup before working out...but do we actually take the time to do it? I'm not going to lie, I often don't. I know I should, but I'd rather spend time doing the workout and stretching afterwards. What I did find is that if the warm-up takes more effort than the workout, I will skip it. I want that energy to be put into building my strength and into my planned workout. So, if I make the warmup manageable, I am more likely to do it.
Here is an 8 minutes warm-up that you can follow along with and not feel drained. It's more about getting the body moving through it's range of motion and waking it up as opposed to feeling like you are dying during the warm-up. Sometimes I start with the circles/swings and then do some other stuff, but something is better than nothing. I never jump straight in anymore, my body isn't like it was when I was 18. Now I do something!
Check it out, follow along, do part of it, all of it, whatever works. Do something else. I don't care, but do something to wake your body up.
Amanda Painter is the Rowing Doc. She is a Doctor of Physical Therapy and is here to help people stay active and rowing without aches and pains so they can keep doing what they love!