Getting started with exercise: planning, warming up and cooling down

This section can help you plan and get the most out of your exercise sessions.

If you are new to exercise, read our fact sheet, 'Getting started with exercise' first, so you can begin with confidence.

See our How to exercise safely for your bones film

Warm up

Warm up before starting your exercises to get your joints and muscles ready. Warm muscles are less stiff and work more efficiently, so you’ll prevent injury during your exercise routine.



Cool down

Cool down after your exercises to help increase your flexibility and lower your risk of injury. Taking time to stretch and cool down at the end of your routine will also help to return your breathing and heart rate back to resting levels.


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