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The warm up, is a vital part of any exercise.

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Movement 1 Outcome 1 - written assessment Warm Up The warm up, is a vital part of any exercise. It has two main advantages as pre-exercise routine. One being slowly increasing the lung capacity, and two, lightly stretching, and pulling the muscles making them more susceptible to the abnormal stress put on the body. The exercises I have chosen to do, work as an all over body warm up, from the toes to the head. It can be used as a warm up, but also as an early morning, and end of the evening exercise, toning not only the body, but also the mind. We begin by working the legs, starting at the toes by rubbing them for roughly ten seconds. Then rub the top, and bottom of the feet, again for roughly ten seconds, then move on to the ankles. ...read more.


At the end of the exercise, our heart rate will increase, lung capacity will have grown, our muscles will be more supple, and we will be warm. Therefore works as a very good warm up exercise. We begin in the Sunrise, or Prayer pose. We exhale, then raise our arms to the sky, inhaling to fill the lungs, as we feel the spine lengthen. This will primarily work the solar plexus, and abdominal area. Slowly, as we exhale, we drop forward till the hands touch the floor, bending the knees, and keeping the back straight. This will gently stretch the lower back, and spine. Keeping your hands where they are, inhale and stretch you right leg back as far as possible, then drop your right knee to the floor, as you raise your head. This will work the leg muscles, as well as the shoulders, biceps, and triceps. ...read more.


We then inhale as we again stretch up, reaching to the sky, and exhale, as we return to the prayer pose. This should then be done again, beginning with the left leg. Once this has been repeated six times, we will be warm, but we still have to work the neck, and facial muscles more. To do this we stand straight, and lift the head slowly back, opening the mouth wide as we do this. We hold it, then bring it forward to a comfortable position. We repeat this three times. We turn the head, slowly, to the left, then hold, to the front, then hold, to the right, then hold, then back to the front. Again we repeat this three times. To finish the warm up, we shake the entire body for roughly twenty seconds, including, and concentrating on the hands. Having now become familiar with this warm up, and lead a group of my fellow students through it, I am confident it is something I can develop in the future into a daily exercise routine. ...read more.

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