If you think of the importance of warming up your car in cold weather, it is easy to understand the benefits of dynamic stretching. Your muscles also run more smoothly if you heat them up and prepare them for activity. Additional benefits of dynamic stretching include improvements in range of motion and a lowered risk of injury during exercise. Try doing a few stretches before your workout and experience the difference it makes.
Do the Twist
To warm-up your lower back, stand up straight and bend your knees slightly. Position your feet shoulder-distance apart and put your hands on your hips. Rotate your torso to your right while keeping your hips squared forward. Return to center, then rotate to your left. Complete 10 to 20 twists in each direction.
This dynamic stretch warms up your lower back and stomach. Stand up straight, bend your knees slightly and position your feet shoulder-distance apart. Bend your arms 90 degrees, then lift your elbows in front of your shoulders. Simultaneously lift your right knee and lower your left elbow in front of your midsection. Touch them together, then return to the start position. Do the same with your left knee and right elbow. Continue alternating, completing 10 to 20 touches on each side.
- Cleveland Clinic: Dynamic Stretches
- Sports Fitness Advisor: Dynamic Stretches and Stretching Routine
- The Nemours Foundation: Stretching
- ACE Personal Trainer Manual; American Council on Exercise