We know it’s tempting. You show up at the gym for your workout, and you’re ready to go. But first, you must warm-up.
You might wonder why you can’t just get started? Well, it turns out that a warm-up is a critical part of any workout. Here are four elements of a good warm-up:
1. Don’t skip it.
Taking the time to warm-up prepares your body for your workout. It increases blood flow to your working muscles and raises your core body temperature. Your muscles and connective tissue become more pliable, making it easier for your joints to move through their full range of motion. All of these changes ultimately increase the effectiveness of your workout and decrease your risk of injury.
2. Practice movements.
Your brain is also an active participant in your warm-up and ultimately your workout. The warm-up is a great time to rehearse the exercises and movements that you’ll be doing in your workout. Going through your upcoming workout’s movements slowly with no or reduced weight sets you up for proper technique and movement patterns.
3. Start general.
When you begin your warm-up, start with general movements and progress to more specific exercises. For example, you may start with warming-up large muscle groups through something like walking or jogging. Then you gradually move on to more specific exercises that recruit and focus on your smaller muscle groups.
4. Build up to dynamic movements.
You probably know what it feels like to jump without warming-up. Your body feels like you’re moving in slow motion, and things feel creaky and stiff. Not to mention, you probably can’t jump too high or too far without taking some time to warm-up first. Save the explosive, dynamic movements for later on in your warm-up. Once blood flow and joint mobility have increased, then it’s safe to add those movements into the mix.
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