Prepping for a good workout is just as important as the workout itself. It’s almost like warming up your car in the dead cold of winter - you don’t want to put the pedal to the metal until your car has had some time to prep itself for the drive ahead - this means leaving the engine running before your drive, and being sure your car has the right amount of fluids, and anything else that ensures top performance for your vehicle.
The same goes for our bodies. If you want to optimize your workout, warm up. By doing a warm-up, it increases your body temperature, gets your blood flowing, increases your heart rate, allows more oxygen to reach your muscles, and ultimately improves your performance.
In addition to these benefits, warming up also helps you mentally prepare for the work ahead, reduces the risk of injury, and enhances flexibility.
How Long Should You Warm Up?
A good warm up only needs to be 5-10 minutes, so even if you’re in a time-crunch you can still get yourself ready for your routine. If you do static stretching (and you should!) don’t count this as part of your warm-up - instead set aside 5 minutes for your stretching and then begin your pre-game routine.
How Should You Warm Up?
Prepping for your exercise routine should be done by performing low-intensity movements that get your body moving but do not require so much energy that you’re drained before you begin.
Here are some great ideas to get your body going:
- Jogging in place
- Shoulder Rolls
- Knee Lifts
- Speed Walking
- Jumping Jacks
- Yoga Poses
- Dynamic Stretching (knee circles, arm circles, lunges, leg swings, arm swings)
How to Fuel Your Body for Your Workout
Before you start your pre-workout routine, it’s a good idea to make sure your body is ready for the work ahead. This doesn’t mean sitting down to a full meal before throwing on your jogging pants - it means fueling your body with water, and the right supplements.
Here are two recommendations for getting the most out of your workout.
1. Radical Fuel™
JBN’s Radical Fuel™ is a high-performance vitamin and mineral formula that increases endurance during your training sessions. The magnesium and calcium work to hydrate your cells allowing you to train longer and harder. Vitamins C, D & E work to transport nutrients throughout your muscles supporting coordination and reflexes, and reducing the risk of tissue damage. The result is less cramping and soreness, improved endurance, and faster recovery from intense exercise.
2. Krank'd™ Body Fuel – Electrolyte Replenisher
JBN’s Krank'd™ Body Fuel – Electrolyte Replenisher, is loaded with electrolytes, is only 5-10 calories (depending on your flavor preference), and has no added sugars, artificial colors, flavors, or sweeteners. It holds the perfect amount of amino acids, taurine, tyrosine, l-glutamine, and beta-alanine, supporting better performance and giving your body a boost. The result is higher endurance, better mental focus, and improved recovery time.
Get the most out of your workouts, meet your goals, and stay on track with these tips to optimize your training sessions. Be sure to check out the JBN website for more supplement options, join our mailing list, and read our blog for other tips and tricks to stay healthy.
And please remember to always consult with a medical professional before making any significant changes to your diet or exercise routine.