By Rachel Rucker, D.O.

Warming up is just as important as the workout itself. It is difficult to do a workout if you hurt yourself. My track coaches in high school as well as my track coach in college trained me that you are properly warmed up whenever you are drenched in sweat. This can be accomplished by wearing layers. Our rule was that we would wear layers until it was greater than 90° outside. To this day, I still abide by this rule. And I am proud to say that I have never been injured while competing. Take the warm up seriously. Don’t skip over it.