When it comes to exercise, most of us think more about the workout and we forget or even skip the warm-up or the cool down. Here’s Why Warm Up is important and You Should Do It Before Exercise.
You’re probably thinking:
“Do I have to?”
“Is it really that important?” or
“I want to burn calories right away so I”ll go straight to the workout!”
Well, let me tell you this: a warm-up and a cool down are two of the important elements of an exercise program.
In this post, we’ll talk about the warm-up (I’ll talk about the cool down here)When it comes to exercise, most of us think more about the workout that we forget or even skip the warm-up or the cooldown. #dontskipwarmup Click To Tweet
What Is Warm Up and Why Is It Important?
A warm-up is one of the important elements of an exercise program. It safely prepares your body for the increased demands of the workout.
A warm-up is important because it helps reduce muscle soreness and reduce the risk of injury.
Your muscles are still cold and not ready for the workout so you’ll need to get your heart rate and body temperature up and loosen up your joints so you can perform better when you do your workout.A warm-up is one of the important elements of an exercise program. It safely prepares your body for the increased demands of the workout. Click To Tweet
Benefits Of A Warm-Up
There are many benefits of a warm-up, I’ll name a few:
- Improves range of motion
- Improves blood circulation
- Mental preparation
- Release adrenaline
- Reduce the risk of injury
How Do I Warm Up?
A warm-up typically lasts about 5-10 minutes. Start out slowly and gradually pick up the pace as your body warms up.
Here are a few examples of warm-up exercise:
- Light jogging
- Jumping jacks
- Jump ropes
- Dynamic stretching
Note that the warm-up exercise varies depending on what type of workout or muscle groups that you’re going to do/use. Mimic the activity that you’re going to do but in a lower impact, speed or intensity. Your muscles are cold and stiff so you’ll need to get those muscles activated to prepare you for the workout.
Once you’re done with your warm-up, your body is ready and can safely do the workout. woohoo!
To stay safe and get most out of your workout, you must include warm up before you begin and finish with a cool down. Better safe than sorry.
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