Why Warming-Up Before Working Out Is Crucial
Posted by Nancy on January 24, 2011
Many of us are enthused about the prospects of getting into shape now that the new year is here. Gone are the holidays with all the parties and gatherings that tempted us with all those things that we should not (but did) eat. It’s a new year, a new month and time to put into action all those good intentions that were previously unrealized.
Some of us have sports or physical activities that we love and perhaps that we have been involved with in the past and are eager to get back into them. Others of us may be looking for an entirely new and different way to get our bodies moving. No matter what our status is, there is one thing that applies to everyone and that is the need to get our bodies ready before engaging in strenuous physical activity.
Warming up and stretching should be an important part of any work-out as a way to get the body ready and to reduce chances of injury. Some of the reasons for this are the fact that warming-up warms and loosens up stiff muscles which in turn decreases their potential to hyper-extend. It also helps with body coordination, including the joints to muscles connections. The warm-up serves to get the blood pumping to all areas of the body and can result in raising the core body temperature a degree or two prior to the work-out.
Stretching increases flexibility which reduces the potential for injury. The proper way to stretch the muscles is to extend to the greatest length and hold rather than using short, choppy movements. This type of stretching is done in a slow, deliberate manner which also tends to relax the entire body and calm the mind. Stretching and warming-up allows the body to become more limber and to be able to experience full range of motion.
One can improve the quality of the work-out experience by taking the time to properly warm-up and stretch the body.