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Health Tip: Why Warm-Up?

It prepares your body for exercise

(HealthDay News) -- Even if you don't have much time to work out, you should never skip your warm-up.

The American Council on Exercise explains that a good warm-up:

  • Boosts your body temperature to help your body burn calories more efficiently.
  • Helps your muscles contract more forcefully and quickly while improving elasticity, which reduces injuries.
  • Helps deliver oxygen to your muscles more quickly by raising your metabolic rate.
  • Improves muscle control and range of motion.
  • Helps you enjoy a longer workout by easing the adjustment to exercise and prohibiting lactic acid from accumulating in your blood.
  • Improves your focus and helps you mentally handle your workout.

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