4 Warm-Up Exercises to Do Before Your Workout

Sometimes when we’re in a rush at the gym, we skip out on our warm-ups. But, exercising with cold muscles can ruin your form and puts you at greater risk for injuries. When you feel like you don’t have time for a proper warm-up, these quick stretches and exercises will prepare you for your workout.

Lateral Lunge

This exercise will give you more balance and stability for your workout. To start, put your legs together and take a big step out to the left. Reach your hips back and drop down like you’re sitting in a chair. Do the exercise 15 times on each side.

Stationary Quad Stretch With Overhead Reach

The overhead reach paired with the traditional quad stretch will increase your flexibility and stability while releases your upper and side body. Keep your left foot on the ground and bring your right foot back to meet your glute. Extend your left hand to the ceiling and hold for 15 seconds and then repeat on the other side.

Knee Raise

These exercises will boost the strength and endurance of your hip flexors. Start by standing tall and lifting one knee above your hip and alternate in a running format for 15 reps. Switch sides and repeat.

Wall Push

Activate your core while getting a good stretch with wall pushes. Put your hands against the wall at a slightly downward position with a slight bend in both knees. Push as hard as you can for 15 seconds while engaging your core and not allowing your stomach to bend.