This 10-minute quick pre-workout warm-up is great to use for any activity you are about to do. Whether it’s a walk, run, bike ride, hike, fitness class, or any other activity you have planned, this is a great way to get your body ready for the work ahead.
This can also be used as a standalone 10-minute workout to just release your joints and muscles and get your body moving if you’ve been sitting at your desk for a long time. Or perhaps in the morning this would feel great when you just want to get your body going.
This workout is all about mobility and movement prep. We start with big range-of-motion movements. We will open our shoulders and hips, which are the two ball and socket joints in your body. We will add in some squats, lunges, twists, to get all the joints lubricated and ready to go. “Motion is lotion,” like I always say. If your joints are stiff and sore often, movement is the solution. Always start with big range of motion, nice and slow, and get the natural synovial fluid moving in your joints.
We will also do some strength moves as I mentioned above like lunges, squats, and planks. This will help to activate your muscles and get your blood pumping. And we will do some easy cardiovascular moves like jumping jacks to get your heart rate up just slightly.
Warming up is never a waste of time, no matter your age. But it’s especially so as you approach your 40’s, 50’s and above. It’s imperative that you warm up your body to prevent injury. I am a big believer in a longer warm-up. It’s basically a dress rehearsal for your body to get ready for the activity you have planned ahead. I hope you find these 10 minutes to be useful.