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WHY WARM UP
WHY WARM UP?
- It’s important to always warm up before training to avoid injury
- It’s mental as well as physical
What does it do?
- Increases heart rate
- Increase blood flow and oxygen to the muscles
- Warms muscles – these contract/relax/stretch more readily
- Nerve impulses travel more quickly
- Warm up starting slowly using a joint mobility routine, then use a pulse raising exercise (e.g. jog) and finally go through dynamic stretches
- You can also warm up by wearing extra clothing, having a hot shower or bath – this should not replace a warm up though
DO NOT STRETCH STATICALLY BEFORE EXERCISE!!!
- Experts agree that static stretching before exercise is not just counter productive but potentially harmful
- In the last few years several studies have found static stretching before playing sport makes you slower and weaker
- Safely bring heart rate down
- Aids venous return (blood returning to the heart) and prevents blood pooling in lower extremities
- Encourages mental relaxation
Always, always warm up!
- Jumping in to a set of exercises without doing a full warm up will increase your risk of injury
- A warm up activates your joints and muscles and mentally prepares you for the workout to come