Warming up is crucial because you prepare your body for what is to come, i.e., physical activity. You need to warm up for several reasons. First of all, it reduces the risk of injuries because your body is preparing for the activity gradually. Starting off with intense training would shock your body and increase the possibility of an injury.
There are different types of warm-ups. Some people jog, the others stretch out, while someone starts a workout lightly at first and increases intensity later. They all work, and it is important to prepare your muscles, raise the heartbeat and notify your body what you are going to do. A warm-up is a must even if you plan to work out lightly.
The entire body needs to be prepared, especially the group of muscles you plan to focus on that particular day. What do we gain by warming up?
• Warm-up raises the muscle temperature and increases the elasticity of the muscles.
• The oxygen and blood flow is boosted as well. This will help you go through your practice because blood and oxygen are circulating through your body without restrictions.
• Joints are much more moveable.
• You will reduce the possibility of getting injured.
As you can see warming up is crucial. Don’t start your workout without thorough preparations. Whatever you do – going for a run, swim or doing exercises with weights, use the first 10-15 minutes to warm up. Increase the activities gradually, and you are ready to go!