Importance of Warming Up

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Do you know Importance of warming up and cooling down? Do you think warming up before exercising isn’t important or a waste of time? 

Maybe you think that these steps isn’t that important.

Many people feel that they don’t have much time or they don’t understand the importance of warming up and cooling down.

Skipping these step is like not have bookends for your books on your bookshelf.

The bookends are the stability and support for the books on the shelf the warm up and cool down are the “bookends” to your workout. 

The warm ups and the cool downs provide the body with the stability of support for your body before and after exercise.

Although the importance of warming up and cooling are different, there are real benefits to both.

Importance of Warming Up

The importance of warming up before exercise is to slowly increase your heart rate.

By increasing your heart rate helps raise your body temperature and it increase the blood flow to your muscle.

This increase in blood flow properly brings oxygen to your muscle and gets them prepare for them the upcoming and more strenuous aerobic exercise.

When your body is properly warmed up, you’re able to perform the need stretching exercise to ensure proper flexibility and range of motion for your exercise routine.

Warming up the muscles properly and then stretching prepares your muscle for the aerobic exercise. This minimize the potential of muscle tears and injury.

When you properly warm up and stretch you increase the elasticity and flexibility of the tendons and ligaments.

In addition your joints are lubricated with synovial fluid which is increased during your warm up routine.

Length of Time to Warm Up 

The length of time to warm up your muscle properly should be about 5 to 10 minutes, depending on your needs.

If your are partially warmed up from another activity, then you might want to only do 5 minutes to properly warm up your body and oxygenate your muscles.

But if you have been sedentary for a while then I would suggest taking 10 minutes to properly warm up.

Muscles To Focus On

To get the maximum benefit from your warm up routine be sure to foucus on your major muscle like hips, thighs, glutes, calves, chest and shoulders.

You can also focus on all these muscles by jogging in place while swinging your arms back and forth.

If you want some varied while you warm up your body you can do the grapevine exercise or jump rope.

You can also add some larger arm movements like circles while marching or jogging in place.

Warming Up for a Sport

If you're trying to get the benefit of warming up to participate in a sport, then your warm up should be focus to that specific sport.

In addition to your regular warm up, you want to make sure your routine targets the specific muscle you will be use during play that sport.

For example, if you're playing baseball as a pitcher you will need to warm up, by practice or mimic throwing the baseball a few times to warm up those particular muscles.

Next time you exercise, remember the importance of warming up and cooling down that these two step are crucial steps to your workout routine.

Read the next article and see why you also need to cool down after exercise.

Here is a great video I found on youtube called Easy Warm Up Cardio Workout from Fitness Blender.

Here are some more information about  "The importance of warm-up, cool-down, and flexibility in injury prevention"

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