By Chrissy Fink
On the days you want to focus on stretching or weight training, you nevertheless need to warm up. Sure, a jog on the treadmill will do, but, if you’re looking for something different, (and less mind-numbingly boring – no offense you treadmill runners out there!) we’ve pulled together a quick, easy and effective warm up that will increase your heart rate, engage your core and prep your muscles for all you have in mind for them!
And on those days you just don’t want to hit the gym at all? Well, just do this quick warm up to wake your body up. It won’t take longer than 10 minutes, doesn’t require any equipment and barely requires you to even put on clothes (although we do recommend a sports bra).
The Beauty Bean’s Quick & Fun Warm-Up:
15 Squats. Stand with your feet about shoulder with apart, your stomach engaged and your weight in your heels. Sit back and down, as if you were going to sit in a chair. Try to get your thighs parallel to floor while keeping your knees over (not in front of) your ankles and your gaze forward. Stand back up. That’s one rep!
15 Jumping Jacks. Like you used to do in elementary school gym class. Nothing complicated.
15 Mountain Climbers. Begin with your body in push-up position (on your toes, not knees). If this is too difficult, lift your bottom up so you’re in a position somewhere between a push-up and downward dog. Jump one leg in between your hands, with a bent knee, while keeping the other leg back. Hold your abs in tight and switch legs at a fast pace, keeping your hands on floor the whole time.
15 Second Football Drill. With your abs pulled in and your feet wider than shoulder width apart, pitch forward slightly from your hips. Stay compact, with your arms close to your body at a 90 degree angle, while you run in place as quickly as you can, like you’ve seen football players do (even if only in movies).