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Cold weather means it’s easier to pull a muscle and our bodies take longer to warm up. According to the late Phyllis Diller, her warm-up was a sit in the sauna. According to a recent Mayo Clinic staff article all exercise needs to begin with warm-up and end with cool-down exercises.

“Warming up helps prepare your body for aerobic activity. A warmup gradually revs up your cardiovascular system by raising your body temperature and increasing blood flow to your muscles. Warming up may also help reduce muscle soreness and lessen your risk of injury.”

According to the article, a dynamic warm up should last five to ten minutes and focus on large muscle group, slow paced exercises. “These gradually increase in speed and intensity. A warmup may produce mild sweating, but generally won’t leave you fatigued.”

“Cooling down after your workout allows for a gradual recovery of pre-exercise heart rate and blood pressure. Cooling down may be most important because it helps regulate blood flow.”

Warm-ups and cool-downs are vital parts of a proper aerobic session. They give the heart and blood vessels a chance to ease into — and out of — an exercise session.” Go easy, go gradual, go with common sense.

One OHI member describes the leadership of JoRene as “perfect. She takes care of us. Her guidance warms us, pushes us, then cools us before she releases. Through it all, she creates positivity.” In short, the exercise sessions are packed with health. Hence, Oakmont Health Initiative.

Come to class ready to move: appropriate shoes, mat and free weights (provided if necessary,) water for hydration. If you’ve been away from aerobics for a while, best to check with your doctor before beginning. Sit in the sauna on your own time.

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