(HealthDay News) -- If you're hesitant to spend a few extra minutes warming up before a workout, you may be missing out on major health benefits.
The American Council on Exercise explains these advantages of a pre-workout warmup:
Helps your core body temperature rise, increasing efficiency of calories you burn.
Leads to more vigorous and faster muscle contractions.
Boosts rate of oxygen delivery to the muscles by raising your metabolic rate.
Improves muscle elasticity, reducing risk of injury and improving muscle control.
Helps your body's energy system adjust more easily to exercise.