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Health Tip: Warm Up Before You Exercise

Last Updated: June 21, 2012.

(HealthDay News) -- Taking a few extra minutes to warm up before your workout can offer many health benefits.

The American Council on Exercise mentions these examples:

  • Increased core body temperature, which leads to more efficient calorie burning.
  • Muscles are able to contract more quickly and forcefully.
  • More oxygen is sent to the working muscles due to increased metabolic rate.
  • Better elasticity in the muscles, which reduces the risk of injury.
  • Improved muscle control and range of motion in the joints.
  • More comfortable, longer workouts and improved psychological preparedness to exercise.