Monthly Archives: August 2014
Posted by nthefitzone
I have witnessed the neglect many times around the gym. The eager beaver ready to workout arrives at the gym, heads straight to the bench press (or whatever exercise), slides a couple of plates on the ends of the bar and begins a painful workout. Warming up before a workout is so important. Why? The body has to be gradually prepared for the stresses that are about to be upon it. Below are 6 reasons given by the American Council on Exercise on why a warm up will benefit your workout.
1. Core body temperature increases which leads to more efficient calorie burning.
2. The elasticity of the muscles will improve which will help prevent injury.
3. The joint range of motion will improve.
4. A good warm up will stimulate the neural message pathways to the muscles, which results in better muscle control and reactivity.
5. Warm ups help prevent lactic acid buildup which will lead to better workouts because the energy systems are able to adjust to exercise.
6. Warming up psychologically prepares you for higher intensities by increasing the focus on exercise which will lead to better, more efficient performance.
In my opinion a proper warm up is anywhere between 6-10 minutes. I prefer some type of exercise performed at a gradual pace to prepare my body for more intense work such as cycling, jogging, jump rope, or body weight exercises. If my workout is to run, I warm up by performing a slower jog. I like to gradually build heat within my body to where I begin to sweat. Then the magic happens! My workouts are always much stronger with a proper warm up. Do your body good, warm up, it will make your workout more enjoyable 🙂
Be honest, do you skip the warm up to save time?
*All exercises are not suitable for everyone. Consult your physician before beginning any new exercise or workout program.