- Your warmup should last between 3 to 5 minutes, however, some people may need a slightly longer warmup. Your warmup should feel light on the RPE (Rating of Perceived Exertion) scale.
- When you warmup, there is a slow and steady increase in your heart rate and blood pressure, which is normal and important for your body before exercise. At the same time, the arteries in your body begin to dilate, allowing blood and oxygen to easily circulate through the body.
- For these reasons, it is important to always complete a warmup before you exercise. You can also complete 3 to 5 minutes of slow walking, or if you are using a bike, elliptical or other cardio-based piece of equipment, you can complete 3 to 5 minutes with low tension/resistance at a slower speed.