Every exercise or activity session should begin with a warm-up and end with a cooldown. A warm-up is a period of low to moderate exercise to prepare your body for more vigorous activity. Warming up helps prevent injuries to muscles, joints, and connective tissue. Warm-ups should last around ten minutes and should include light aerobic exercise to get your blood fl owing. Walking or jogging in place is an excellent choice. Warming up can also include practicing skills related to the activity you will be doing. Stretch only the muscles that have been warmed up. Stretching cold muscles could lead to injury.
A cooldown is a period of low to moderate exercise to prepare your body to end a workout session. Cooling down helps return blood circulation and body temperature to normal. A cooldown should last around ten minutes and include gentle stretching exercises. You might repeat the same stretches you did during your warm-up.