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5 Moves, 5 Minutes: Your Quick Cardio Warmup

Feb 20 2014 - 12:05am

You don't need to spend a lot of time warming up for a workout, but that doesn't mean it's not important. Warming up your major muscle groups helps prevent injury and gets the blood flowing and body warm — essential in this Winter chill! Before your next workout, try this short and efficient routine that works your entire body. Move through each exercise for 30 seconds, then repeat the circuit a second time. In just five minutes, your body will be prepped for an awesome workout.

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Overhead Arm Circles

Warm up shoulders and chest with this easy-to-follow move.

Butt Kickers

Get your heart pumping and warm up quads with this appropriately named exercise.

Cross Jacks

Tone your arms and legs with this variation of classic Jumping Jacks.

Toy Soldier

Warm up hamstrings with this playful move. Make sure you stand somewhere where you have plenty of room to walk.

Mountain Climbers

Fire up your core with one of our favorite bodyweight exercises; it's a great addition to any dynamic warm-up routine!

Once you complete the circuit, remember to repeat it a second time
for the perfect five-minute warmup!


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