Warm-ups and cool downs…the forgotten siblings of your workout. I’ve seen it before, a person flexes their neck side to side, maybe a toe touch or two and a couple hops up and down for a total of 20 seconds and they think they are ready for their workout. If you want to do it right and remain injury free you really should devote more time to the warm-up and cool down phase of your training.
Our bodies are designed to move. This is very evident in that we have legs that allow us to not only crawl, hop and walk, but also run, jump and skip (yes, adults should still be skipping and hopping). Our arms and torso are also designed to help us move and play an important role in our gait (if you don’t believe, then start walking now and watch how your arms and torso help to move the rest of your body). When done properly, exercise will enhance the ability of our bodies to move.
General Warm Up: Get up and get moving! Especially if you’ve been sitting for awhile you’ll want to loosen up the body by doing a general (non specific to the main activity) warm up. This could include walking or jogging, biking, jump roping or other exercise to get your heart pumping and blood flowing.
A warm up is the act of preparing for an athletic event or workout by exercising or practicing for a short time beforehand. Warming up helps reduce your risk of injury and the aches and pains that come with exercise. The physiological reason to warm up is to assist your circulatory system in pumping oxygen-rich blood to your working muscles. The idea is to increase circulation throughout the body in a gradual manner.
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So you'be resolved not to skimp on your stretches? Here is a few suggestions
1. DO warm up beforehand -The warm up will increase the temperature of your connective tissues and muscles allowing them to become mobile.
2 DON'T hold your by breath - Breathing freely through the stretch position will enhance blood flow to the muscle area giving you a better stretch.
3.DO stretch after a tough training - This will help relieve muscle soreness and aid in your recovery.