Warming up before working out – find out why you need to warm up

01:10 Eugene Madondo 0 Comments

Most people have heard that they should warm up before working out but they do not warm up because they do not know why they should warm up. I often see guys just walk into the gym and head for the weights without stretching or warming up using a light workout that gets the blood flowing.

Warming up basically makes you perform better hence you will get more out of your lifts and you will perform better if you are an athlete. Warming up also helps to prevent unnecessary injuries which you would otherwise get if you did not warm up. I will go into more details about the two points I just mentioned above.

HOW DOES WARMING UP ENHANCE YOUR LIFTING AND ATHLETIC PERFORMANCE


As the term warming up literally states that is what you are doing, you are engaging in a short activity before you begin you workout to warm your muscles. You do this by increasing your heart rate which then pumps more blood into your body, increased blood flow leads to increased body temperature. The increased blood flow means that there is more oxygen available for use by your body, in this case your muscles; this in turn leads to a boost in lifts and athletic performance.

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AVOIDING SILLY INJURIES


If you could prevent a muscle tear or any other kind of muscle injury that you got while working out, or while doing your favourite sport you would right? It turns out that something as simple as stretching and warming up can help prevent that injury that keeps you on the sidelines for months or that injury that prevents you from doing certain exercises because you damaged that muscle while working out.

Most acute muscle tears happen when you suddenly put force or cause tension to a muscle that is not ready (It’s like expecting to go from 0-90 mph without changing gears, this is not a perfect example but you get the point). Cold muscles are like new Prestik (a white reusable putty-like adhesive used to stick charts on walls) it is stiff and rigid at first and it no good for sticking charts but once you stretch it for a couple minutes  and increase its internal kinetic energy ( increase temperature) it becomes flexible and it stick to the wall and chart paper. So just like the Prestik you need to stretch and warm up your cold rigid muscles in so doing help them become more flexible so that they can handle more stress without tearing.

TIME SPENT WARMING UP IS TIME WELL SPENT


It does not take too long to get warmed up, you can start by mimicking the movement you would make when you are using weights without the weights first so that you make the muscle ready for the type of movement that you are about to do, you can add light warm up weights before your actual workout. These are just a few examples of what you could do, there is a whole bunch of other warm up techniques you could learn about, the basic idea is to spend a few minutes before you actual workout visualising what you are about to do, warming you muscle and letting them get used to the type of motion they will be in during the workout so that there is no sudden unexpected forces from the muscles point of view. It only take 10 minutes to warm ups whereas recovery from injury can take anything from a few weeks to a couple of months just because you act a fool.  

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