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iVillage.com: 10 Common Workout Mistakes – How Many Are You Making?

FAIL: You Skip Your Warm Up and Cool Down

Saving time by skipping your warm up and cool down may leave you hurting. "The purpose of the warm up is to get the core temperature up, to get blood flowing to the muscles, to lubricate joints and to get mentally prepared for your activity," says Tom Seabourne, PhD, exercise physiologist and author of The Complete Idiot's Guide to Quick Total Body Workouts. "The cool down helps your cardiovascular system and central nervous system regain homeostasis (its pre-exercise stable state), therefore preventing injury." If you don't have time to do a full-blown warm up, Seabourne suggests simply beginning your activity very slowly. "For example, walk for five minutes at a brisk pace before you run; mimic some of the lifts you will perform in the gym at a very light weight before your actual lifts.”

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