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Most of us know the importance of a warm-up when working out but when it’s cold outside it’s tempting to get the session over with as quickly as possible.

‘The warm-up components of any training are highly important,’ says Richard Smith, an instructor with British Military Fitness (www.britmilfit.com).

‘It exists to ensure that each individual is suitably prepared for their workout.’

Smith says it’s even more important to warm up in the colder weather as the muscles are more rigid.

‘Imagine an elastic band when subjected to heat,’ he says. ‘It becomes more pliable. When cold, it’s harder to stretch. If the stresses placed on the muscle in the cold are too great without it being warmed up, it will snap. This is when you get pulled muscles and other injuries.’

A warm-up is designed to protect against injury, raise heart and respiratory rates and improve performance by preparing the body for…

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