How Important is Warm-Up in Exercise?

The number one rule that most people in the wellness and sports industry agree on is that you should be warm (increase your body temperature) before doing any stretching or exercise. But first warm up with movement, then flex or stretch at the end of the session, or anytime you feel like you need to.

Heat up before you workout and get your heart, lung, brain, muscles and mind primed for what’s to come. “A warm-up is necessary to prepare the body for exercise by increasing heart rate and blood flow to working muscles,”

Without a warm-up, stretching can result in injury when you try to stretch your tight muscles. Your warm-up could be a fast stroll or short aerobic exercise, or a combination of light aerobic exercise and light weight training, such as lifting a 5-pound dumbbell. The crucial part of any warm-up is keeping your heart pumping a bit faster than your average and your blood circulating.

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Warming up before exercising is particularly necessary to prevent injuries. Injury is never a fun experience and one that you hope to avoid. In addition, before exercising, you will be able to benefit more from heating up. Reasoning for further profit involved improvements to improve power and/or increased calories consumed. This is because your body is properly prepared for the exercise in which you are about to begin.

To maximize your strength, you need to drive your muscles to work outside the comfort zone. Generally speaking, the more you drive your muscles, the stronger they will be. Similarly, to a certain degree, you need to overstretch to maximize your versatility. This is one of the reasons that it is so important to warm up.

Benefits of a Proper Warm-Up

Warming up strengthens your heart, lungs, and muscles for the more strenuous part of your exercise.
Through stimulating heat dissipation processes in your body, your body can cool effectively and help avoid premature overheating, which is highly useful during stressful fitness exercises, such as running or cycling in a competition.
What happens to your body during a warm-up:
The temperature of the blood increases 
The blood vessels are dilating 
Hormonal shifts are happening 
The temperature of the muscle raises 
Range of movement rises 
You’re mentally ready

A healthy total body warm up for 5 to 10 minutes before any exercise is necessary to avoid injury and to brace the body for the workout. Total body warm-up will raise the body’s elasticity by 20% to bring fluid into the joints. A good indicator that you are sufficiently warmed up and able to stretch and workout is when you find sweat/moisture appearing on your face back of your palms, or under your nose.

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