What’s The Point Of Warming Up?
You work hard to lose weight or stay in shape, right? The last thing you need is an injury sidelining you for weeks or months at a time, hindering any progress you’ve made. Doing a proper warm up before EACH sweat session loosens your muscles, thus preventing injury. Here are some other reasons to get in those warm ups:
- Improved blood circulation;
- An activated central nervous system;
- Increased ability to maintain proper form.
What Do I Need To Know About Warming Up?
Doing a few minutes of static stretching is not enough to actually warm up your body in preparation for intense exercise. The point of the warm up is to do exactly what it says: increase the temperature of your muscles. To do so, you need to gradually work up to your main intensity goal. To make the most of your warm up, keep the following tips in mind:
- Be dynamic. The key to a great warm up is to get moving. Focus mostly on the muscles you’ll be using during your workout, and put some motion into them. Arm circles, leg swings, jumping jacks and pushups are a few examples of dynamic warm up components.
- Get your heart rate up. Just because it’s a warm up doesn’t mean you get to take it easy. You need to prepare your heart, as well as your muscles, for the intense workout it’s about to experience. Fitness experts recommend getting your heart rate to at least 60 percent of your max heart rate, so aim for about 120 or up.
- Increase gradually. Don’t go from sitting still all day to performing at your maximum intensity level. Your warm up should be somewhat challenging, but it shouldn’t be more difficult than your workout.
Working with a professional is a great way to make sure you’re getting the best warm up for your specific fitness level and goals. Personal trainer Ralph Roberts can design a plan to meet your needs and keep you in the game. To learn more, give him a call today.