5 Reasons to Warm up and Stretch !
5 REASONS TO WARM UP AND STRETCH !
Too often, athletes show up late to a group workout and just jump in fast with no warm-up. Others are pinched for time, trying to squeeze a workout into a busy schedule, so they skip the warm-up figuring the main set of the workout is more important anyway. Although … the purpose of a warm-up is to prepare your body for physical activity. The warm-up is generally used to increase body temperature, increase heart rate and breathing rate, and also help you mentally prepare for exercise. Warming up prior to practices, meets and performances is not only widely accepted among gymnasts and circus performers but is also considered an integral part of a gymnast’s overall daily routine.
- REDUCE INJURY
Warming up may help reduce muscle soreness and lessen your risk of injury, minimise muscle imbalances, improve your exercise tolerance and your gymnastic/ circus / dance performance. Cooling down after your workout allows for a gradual recovery of pre-exercise heart rate and blood pressure.
- INCREASES BLOOD FLOW The purpose of the dynamic warm ups is to increase blood flow to the areas which will be working and to wake up the nervous system throughout the body. A warm-up should be more than a quick stretch and a few burpees. Instead, you need to mimic movements that you will use consistently throughout the course. Dynamic warm-ups also boost your metabolism and accelerate the supply of energy to your muscles.
- ASSIST RECOVERY Completing dynamic stretches after your warm-up will improve your performance and prevent injuries, and completing static stretches after you train or compete / perform will assist your recovery.
- ENHANCE PERFORMANCE As your muscle temperature rises, your muscle viscosity (or resistance) decreases. This results in faster muscle contraction and relaxation, which enhances your performance.
- IMPROVE CONCENTRATION Part of a warm-up process includes getting your head ready for the upcoming activity. Mentally preparing for the upcoming workout, or event, is thought to improve technique, skill and coordination.This mental warm-up also prepares athletes for the discomfort of tough skills, drills and repetitive movements. If the mind is ready to endure discomfort, the body can produce higher speeds. If the mind is unwilling to endure discomfort, physical performance will certainly be limited !
So there you go everyone ! Make sure you turn up to your classes on time and Make Warming up and Stretches a number one PRIORITY !
Written By Niki Wilson