Warm it Up

I’ll post today’s workout in a second but first here’s a brief blurb about warming up prior to a workout.

Warm up; n. noun
  1. The act or procedure of warming up, especially in preparation for an athletic event.

  2. A period spent in warming up.

  3. The exercises or activities used for warming up.

Have you ever grabbed a jar of peanut butter from the fridge and then tried to make a sandwich?  You dig into the jar and when you try and spread the peanut butter it drags across the bread and either rips the whole wheat or refuses to budge from it’s little ball of peanut-y goodness.

This is just like your muscles prior to warming up.  While not cold blobs of peanut fat, they are tight, compact and not elastic or spread-y.

A proper warm up will increase blood flow to the muscles and help lubricate the joints in order to prepare for activity.  Starting any exercise “cold” increases risk of injury (shin splints, plantar fasciitis, muscle strains and pulls as an example).

A proper warm up should ease you into your workout.  Think about it as priming your body for the activity to come so you’ll be as smooth as a tub of Jif Whips.

With that in mind, enjoy today’s Push Up Challenge Workout:

Warm up 3-5 minutes (walk in place, do jumping jacks, jog up and down the hall)

Perform the following workout 1 time through: (with a 15 second rest in between):

  • 5 push ups
  • 5 push ups
  • 10 push ups
  • 5 push ups

If you are performing our challenge using Modified Push Ups, give the Military Style a go.  At least for the first 5 push ups and maybe even the second 5 push ups.

Now go run!

Keli 🙂

 

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