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At-Home Warm-Up Exercises

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author image James Patterson
James Patterson specializes in health and wellness topics, having written and produced material for the National Institutes of Health, the President's Cancer Panel and an Inc. 500 Hall of Fame company. He is also a former sportswriter with writing experience in basketball, baseball, softball, golf and other popular sports.
At-Home Warm-Up Exercises
Stretches are one way to warm up for vigorous exercise. Photo Credit sports warm-up image by Yuriy Poznukhov from <a href='http://www.fotolia.com'>Fotolia.com</a>

Overview

Whether you’re getting ready for a long run, trying to wake up for the day or just trying to stretch out tight muscles and joints, warm-up exercises are simple enough to be done anywhere, including, your own home. Perform warm-up exercises whenever you’re feeling sluggish or the need to get your blood flowing.

Stretching

Stretching is one of the best ways to prepare your body for an moderate or vigorous workout. In fact, stretching can actually help prevent injury while working out or playing sports. It's important to remember to stretch dynamically before your workout and to leave your static stretching for after the workout. The American Council on Exercise advocates taking long strides as one method of dynamically warming up.

Jumping Jacks

To get your blood flowing and your muscles warmed up in preparation for exercise, jumping jacks are simple to perform. Stand with your feet together and your hands at your sides. Jump slightly off the ground and spread your legs. At the same time lift your hands from your sides so they form an “A” over your head. Jump again and bring your hands back down to your sides and feet together for one repetition. Repeat 10 to 15 times to warm up your body.

Power Skips

Like jumping jacks, power skips are an easy way to get your body warmed up and prepared for exercise. Start by standing in an area where you have several feet in front of you to move. Stand with your feet together, then skip forward and jump with your left leg while pushing your right knee toward the ceiling. Continue skipping, alternating jumping with either leg while pushing the opposite toward the ceiling. Pump your arms to help you jump higher.

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