So why do we warm up before exercise?
We all know that warming up before we workout is important, but why? It can sometimes be all too easy to skip a warm up and jump straight into a workout, however, it’s important to start your workout correctly.
Not only is it essential to warm up our bodies before we exercise, it’s also important to get our minds ready. It will help you get in the mood, so you don’t feel so sluggish. Let’s take a look at some key reasons why it is essential to warm up before we exercise and take part in any physical activity.
Look after your heart
Preparing for the exercise we are about to do starts with getting your heart ready. Although stretching is important, it’s vital to gradually get our hearts ready by doing some light cardio exercises to increase the heart rate, the blood circulation around your body and blood flow to your muscles and increasing the oxygen delivery to where it’s needed most. When you start exercising, your muscles move more vigorously than when you are resting.
Get your muscles ready
It’s important to stretch our muscles to prepare them for physical activity and prevent injuries. We need to warm up our muscles to increase our muscle elasticity, so our joints can get through a larger range of movement. Warming up your body prior to physical activity will reduce your risk of muscle or soft tissue injury.
Prepare your mind
Take the time to prepare mentally, train the mind to focus before each exercise. It will ensure a safe and enjoyable workout and will get you in the mood and not feeling so sluggish. Getting your head ready beforehand will improve your technique, skill and coordination.
The most important reason for warming up before we exercise is to help prevent any injury while we are exercising. Keeping our muscles warm will prevent any straining to the muscles.
How long should I warm up for?
Most warm up recommendations last between 10-20 minutes to gradually give the body time to get ready.