Warm-Ups And Cool-Downs Are Just As Important As Workouts

There’s a reason why a proper workout has been broken down into three main components: warm-up, main workout and cool-down. Contrary to popular practice, proper warm-ups and cool-downs are “must dos,” not “if time allows.”

I get it: warm-ups and cool-downs can feel like unsexy time zappers, and diversions from the actual intense sweat session. Plus, when you finish the workout, you just want to get on with life; it’s natural to think, “Phew … done … shower!”

The problem is, there’s a reason why a proper workout has been broken down into three main components: warm-up, main workout and cool-down.

The warm-up preps your mind and body for the work that is to come. An appropriate warm-up can be the difference between an awesome workout and quitting after five minutes. READ MORE