Before training, it is important to stretch and warm up. This is for several reasons:
- it gradually increases your heart rate and circulation
- it loosens the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and helps prevents injuries.
- it helps to mentally prepare yourself for the training ahead.
To help you memorise a standard warmup routine before any training, the plan below starts with the head, then shoulders, torso, arms and legs. This gives an overall stretch and covers all the body.