I am only in week two of the Body for Life challenge and I have been following it to a tee. I am starting to question whether it would be ok to add a warm up and cool down to my work out. In the past I have always done a light jog for about 10 mins before my weight training, would this affect my BFL results? I also usually do a 10 min cool down on the treadmill followed by stretching as wel. I have read the BFL book and have not come across any warm-up, cool-down, or stretching recommendations?
Warming up will only help, It certainly wouldn't hurt your progress. I think one of the biggest parts of workouts and exercise plans is that they overlook the importance of warming up and stretching.
Good luck on your journey!
I stretch before every cardio. I don't warm up except the 2 minutes at 5 intensity. I do cool down by just walking the treadmill until my breathing is just about normal. Cool down to your heart's content (pun intended.)
Sometimes I'll through a few minute of light jogging in after my Upper Body workout.
I do a 10 minute warm up jog on the treadmill before I do weight days. It is never a bad idea to warm up your muscles before you use them. It prevents injury.
Warmup is especially important as you get older. I'm 50 and I have started to do more of a warmup (light jog) then I used to.
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