Warming up plays a big role in preventing injury. The colder it gets, the more warming up is needed! Don’t skip out on it, because you may regret it later. Many people skip warming up because “it takes up too much time.”
In reality, it only takes about 5-10 minutes to warm up, so there is absolutely no reason to skip it. The time you save from skipping a warm up is incomparable to the time you lose if you were to get injured.
Why Warming Up is Important-
>>Increases blood flow- Warming up increases blood flow throughout the body. The blood vessels start to dilate and blood is able to flow easier throughout the body. This allows oxygen and nutrients to flow to your muscles at a quicker rate.
>>Increases muscle and body temperature- A warmed-up muscle can contract and relax easier than when it is not warmed up. This allows you to be stronger and faster than you would be if you hadn’t warmed up. Increased muscle elasticity also prevents you from straining or pulling your muscle.
>>Increases range of motion- The range of motion in your joints increases as you perform movements to warm up your body.
So, we’ve talked about why warming up is important. Now it is time to talk about different ways to warm up.
Easy Ways to Warm Up-
- Jogging/brisk walk- This is a very simple way to get blood pumping. If space is limited, just jog in place!
- Jumping Jacks- This is another simple warm up exercise that can be done. It gets blood pumping and it warms up your hip and shoulder joints.
- Jump Rope- Jumping rope is a great way to warm up because it is convenient, effective, and fun. There are a bunch of cool tricks that can be done with a jump rope. Not only do the tricks look cool, they also improve coordination. All you need is a jump rope and a little space.
- Bodyweight Squats- This is the perfect warm up if you plan to work out your legs. It gets blood pumping and it prepares your joints for the actual workout.
Warming up doesn’t have to be “boring”. There are many ways to make a warm up fun. If you really want to mix things up, try out these warm up exercises-
- Bear Crawls
- Crab Walks
- Duck Walks
The last thing we want is for people to get injured for something silly, like not warming up. Try out some of these warm-up exercises the next time you workout. Mix and match these exercises if you prefer. As long as you get blood flowing to the muscle(s) you are working out, it doesn’t really matter how you warm up.