Do warm-ups and cool-downs count?

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Posted: 02 Jun 2013, 13:51
Hello, I'm trying a back to basics approach to my health and one of the ideas I have come across is to do 30min extra activity every day.

I'm looking at a strength work out for two days a week. I've found a 10min one that stresses the importance of a warm up and cool down and provides a 10min routine for each. My question is, does the famous 30min a day include the warm up and cool down?

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Posted: 16 Jun 2013, 14:09
Warm ups are important as they prepare the muscles for intensive activity. A warm up can be 10 mins on a bike or cross trainer and is included in your 30 minute exercise programme. However if you are talking about simple stretching exercises then you should do 30 minutes extra work out. Cool down stretches are important to avoid shortening of the muscles. Stretching your calves after exercising can lengthen them and slim them down. Stretching the hamstrings can also prevent shortening, injury and back pain.

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Posted: 18 Jun 2013, 19:43
Caroline271 is correct. But to address your question. Weight training is aimed at building body mass. However in my opinion, weight training is the lease optimal way to burn calories. I think you will find that cardio-vascular training (fast walking,running,fast biking,swimming etc) is the best way to lose weight. The secret is to keep your heart rate in the "training zone". You can find instructions via Google as to how to take your heart rate and what the pulse rate should be for different ages. Therefore, since most warm ups will not get your pulse rate up to your training zone, they shouldn't count. This training zone counts for any activity. Until your pulse rate is maintained it for the time allotted, it is not doing much for you.

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Posted: 19 Jun 2013, 05:35
I agree with Glaun to some extend. Cardio burns calories faster than weights. However, keep in mind that weights help you build muscle, and muscles burn calories faster than fat. Weight training is a good investment, makes you look better when you lose weight and generally make you feel amazing.
Why not simply combine the two? Smile

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Posted: 19 Jun 2013, 06:23
Honestly, I think it depends on what workout you're going with. I do cardio from a dvd with Denise Austin, and yes, I count the warm up and cool down... just because they feel like (together) they could be their own work-out!
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