In This Chapter
Looking at the benefits of warming up
Walking as a prelude to working out
Doing the Yoga with Weights warm-up exercises
Warming up is recommended no matter what kind of exercise you intend to do. In Yoga with Weights, warming up is especially important because this style of yoga works your muscles and joints more than other exercise programs.
Warming up offers some real advantages. It helps prevent injuries by preparing your muscles, tendons, and ligaments and makes them more flexible and less susceptible to injury for the dynamic exercises that follow. It makes your body more supple and mobile so that your joints and muscles are better able to move through their full ranges of motion. And it helps stimulate the flow of blood — and of oxygen — to your muscles, thus making your body warmer and your muscles more pliable and giving you a better workout.
In this chapter, you discover several easy but effective warm-up exercises that get you ready for your Yoga with Weights workout.
Walking is the most natural of all exercises. It can also be one of the most — if not the most — enjoyable exercises. ...