While the warm-up may come as an afterthought relative to the rest of your workout, it’s actually one of the most crucial steps. Here’s how to prepare yourself like a professional boxer.
We’ve all been there. Confronted with the prospect of a tedious warm-up, most of us would really just prefer to get on with it. Not so fast, though. While warm-ups can sometimes be longer than workouts themselves, the risk of injury can be serious if they’re neglected, especially after some time off.
But how do you go about making a routine warm-up more interesting? Well, according to boxers, the secret is to gradually increase the intensity of your exercises to avoid muscle injuries.
- Arm circles and crosses
These exercises are a great way to warm up muscles and joints throughout the upper body. You can even add some sit-ups to bring the lower body into this part of the warm-up too.
- Pelvic circles
The goal here is to warm up the hips and incorporate the spinal column. You can add some repetitions with the jump rope here to get the ankles and lower muscles going as well.
Finally, don’t forget to throw in some circles and back-and-forth motions with the often-neglected neck.
And now, at long last, you can get on with the rest of your workout. That wasn’t so bad, was it?