It happens to the best of us
We rush into a group-fitness class 10 minutes late and jump in at full speed. Or we launch into a quick run over our lunch hour, not wanting to waste a moment of precious time. Whenever we’re pressed, we tend to skip the warm-up, figuring that the main workout is what really counts. But nothing could be further from the truth. Not only is warming up essential to preventing injury, she notes, but it makes you faster, fitter and stronger over time. In other words, the warm-up is not a prologue to fitness — it’s Part 1 of the main act.
Warming up will make your workout feel easier than if you were just hopping off the couch and going for it.
For maximum protection, it’s important to warm up before stretching. I know this sounds odd and you probably think I’m saying that you need to stretch before your workout, but also workout before you stretch. Let me clear this up. The warm-up should be non-strenuous movements that you can perform easily without any risk of trauma. The goal of the warm up is to actually warm up your muscles by circulating blood throughout your body with simple movements.
When your muscles are warmed up, they become like elastic and are flexible. Imagine your muscles as chewing gum. Initially out of the package, the gum is stiff and brittle and if you try to bend it, the gum will snap in half. If you want to blow a bubble, you will need to warm up your gum by chewing it. A good way to think of warm-ups and stretching is to think about it as a quick insurance policy for your workout. If you prepare properly and still become injured, odds are that you would have been hurt much more seriously if you had neglected to warm up and stretch before your workout.
A Proper Worm-Up:-
- Increases muscle core temperature, thus decreasing work required for muscle contraction and making movement feel easier.
- Allows higher maximum cardiac output and oxygen consumption. (Translation: It increases your endurance and speed.)
- Causes blood vessels to dilate, which aids the transportation of oxygen and nutrients to the working muscles (so you can run faster and jump higher).
- Increases your range of motion by heating the synovial (lubricating) fluid in your joints,improving flexibility.
- Warms you up mentally, increasing motivation and focus.
There is no hard evidence prescribing precisely how much warm-up is needed before a workout or a race. Most recommendations are in the 10- to 20-minute range, though some people need less or more time. “Depending on your fitness level and the particular movements you are performing, the warm-up may feel like a workout in itself,”
A rule of thumb: The higher your fitness level, the longer you probably need to warm up. (The fitter you are, the longer it takes to get your heart rate up and the more muscle mass you have to get warm.) At a bare minimum, though, for even the shortest workouts, you should allow for a five-minute warm-up.
Good warm-up exercises are easy to perform. Simple range of motion exercises is fine. Just focus on getting your blood flowing to your muscles. Swing your arms, walk in place while remembering to lift your knees high, and occasionally throw in a couple jumping jacks. Now, follow your warm-up with some simple stretches making sure to get all your joints nice and loose.
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