Warm up definition

A period of time at the beginning of an exercise session when you perform a lower intensity version of the same or similar exercise you plan to do during your workout. For example, if you plan to walk at a brisk pace during your workout, your warm-up may be to walk at a slow pace.

The purpose of a warm-up is to gradually increase your heart rate, breathing, and body temperature to prepare your body for more intense exercise.

A warm up is generally recommended to be between five and ten minutes. A longer period is recommended if you are new to exercise or just getting back into an exercise program, if you plan to exercise at a higher intensity than usual, or if you are 65 years of age and older.

Related terms: cool down

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