How to Warm Up and Stretch Correctly Before Exercise

Expand the description and view the text of the steps for this how-to video. Check out Howcast for other do-it-yourself videos from Rolling_Ball_Pictures and more videos in the General Exercise category. You can contribute too! Create your own DIY guide at or produce your own Howcast spots with the Howcast Filmmakers Program at Those stretches you learned as a kid — called “static stretching” — can actually weaken muscles before exercise. Learn how to warm up the right way, with “dynamic” stretching. To complete this How-To you will need: Well-fitting workout clothing Sneakers Space to move around Warning: Consult a health-care professional or personal trainer before changing your stretching routine. Step 1: Get your muscles warm Wearing workout clothes and sneakers, raise your body temperature with five to 10 minutes of light aerobic activity, like easy jogging or cycling. Tip: Do this warm-up immediately before stretching, or you’ll lose its benefit. Step 2: Lift your knees Walk in a straight line, alternately lifting your knees as high as you can; you can grab each knee with both hands when it’s raised for more stability. This stretches the hamstring and all related muscles. Do this, and the following stretches, for about a minute each. Tip: Specific sports are best served by specific stretches; ask a coach or trainer for advice. Step 3: Kick your legs To warm up your hamstrings even more, do a straight-leg march: Kick one leg straight
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