You exercise your body for weight loss, to reduce fat, to have a better physique or to stir up metabolism for an increased appetite. But did you know ignoring body warm up prior to exercising your body may result in painful injuries and wrenched muscles?
Prevention is better than cure, so why invite injuries when you can avoid them by following a guide to warming up.
Understanding the concept of warming up your body before any exercise is essential. You must have noticed that in your gym class there are some people who just start their routine without warming up. The reality is that they are only setting up their bodies for acute injuries.
Warm up prepares you both mentally and physically for activity. When we say mentally, it means vitalizing your nervous system for quality training sessions. When you are in the right frame of mind for your workout, your body tends to cope better with workouts. Warm ups can benefit you in the following ways:
Increased Heartbeat Rate: helps in speeding up blood circulation through your body and muscles.
Jump Starts Energy Boosters: these include short-term aerobic systems and body chemicals such as creatine phosphate and adenosine troposphere.
Body Muscles and Tissues: It warms up your body muscles, ligaments and tendons reducing the likelihood of muscle tear.
Joints Movement: By warming up the body you also enable improved motion in body joints such as your knee, elbow, foot and shoulders.
A body warm up before beginning exercise routine maximizes performance and at the same time increases body coordination, reduced fatigue in muscles hence making them less prone to injuries. Keep these rules in mind during your warm up sessions:
Consult your coach or a general fitness expert before performing or adapting any of the warm up techniques or patterns.