Three Reasons NOT to Skip the Warm-Up
- Posted on: Feb 15 2016
For many, the warm-up takes a back seat to the actual workout, either because of time constraints or the notion that the workout is the most important part anyway. But warming up is essential to a safe and effective workout because it serves to prevent injuries and improve performance. What’s more, it prepares you mentally for the more strenuous activity that lies ahead. In short, warming up is important for the following reasons:
- Reduces the Risk of Injury
Warming up is essential is because it helps increase your body temperature and the blood flow to your muscles, making it easier for your body to deliver the nutrients you need to produce energy while helping to make your muscles loose and pliable. Warming up also increases blood flow to the heart, preparing your cardio vascular system for the impending workload. It also promotes sweat, which is good for the body. When you sweat, you’re reducing the level of heat stored in the body.
- Improves Performance
Proper conditioning is an important element in overall sports performance. When you warm up, you’re increasing blood flow which in turn increases muscle temperature, a true benefit because it releases oxygen to working muscles, helping you perform better. Elevated muscle temperature also helps your muscles contract and relax faster, helping your muscles work more proficiently.
- Prepares You Mentally
Getting your head in the game is just as significant as preparing your body for upcoming activity. When you prepare yourself mentally for a workout or game, you’re helping to improve your technique and coordination. Try to keep your thoughts in the “now” rather than visualizing what may happen in the future. When you stay focused on what’s going on around you, rather than “time traveling” in your head, you become less nervous and more capable of keeping calm and confident. This ultimately ensures you’re in the best position to stay mindful of how your body is performing, which can help prevent injury in the long run.
If you are interested in learning more about ways to warm up safely to avoid injury, contact Dr. Desio today. Our offices are located in Worcester, Massachusetts, and we proudly serve all surrounding areas. Schedule your appointment today at 508.363.6363.
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