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why warm up before exercise

Increase blood flow to your working muscles, better preparing them for the additional workload to come.

Increase the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles, which prevents you from getting out of breath too early or too easily.

Prepare your heart gradually for an increase in activity, helping you avoid a rapid increase in blood pressure.

Prime your nerve-to-muscle pathways to be ready for exercise, which can improve the quality of your workout.