6 Reasons to Warm Up Before Any Workout

When exercising, it’s tempting to get started without warming up. You’re ready to lose weight and burn calories and warming up seems tiring or a time waster. Still, it’s important to stretch, loosen, and warm your body for six reasons.

Injury Prevention
Exercising cold, or exercising without warming up, creates health issues such as injury and cardiovascular issues. It won’t take much exercise to tear a muscle or break a bone. When the body receives 10-15 minutes of warm-ups, the body is warm. Warm bodies take additional force to tear a muscle because it’s prepared for an extensive workout.

Cardiovascular Benefits
A cold workout means the cardio components must begin without preparation. It can’t perform at its highest peak. Consequently, you’re breathing hard, tire easily, and stress out the heart. The heart, veins, and arteries need blood pumping to perform at a high level from start to finish. Warm-ups increase energy and blood flow. It prepares the body for a rigorous, yet rewarding workout.

Mental Preparation
Too often television, technology, and thoughts racing in our head distract us from exercise. Warm-ups get our minds away from the issues plaguing us. The mind becomes calm, clear, and serene. A calm, clear, and serene mind can concentrate on the exercise routine. It helps us get the form, technique, coordination, skill, discomfort, and time correct so the exercise routine can benefit our body.

Soft Tissue Alleviation
The muscles, joints, ligaments, and tendons must prepare for routine bending. A warm up prepares those soft tissues for flexibility during exercise. The flexibility provides an easier range of motion (i.e., bending and twisting) without pain. Without a warm up, movement becomes stiff and painful, which tears soft tissue easily

Improved Reflex
Reaction times during stretching, bending, and twisting must be quick. Good reflexes ensure people complete those challenging routines safely and efficiently. Warm-ups train the body to react and adapt to challenging routines. Cold exercises delay reflex time, increasing injury and pain.

Nervous System
Warm-ups warn the nervous system about the body’s upcoming workout. It signals to the muscle how much pain to withstand and when to stop. Along with an improved reflex, the nerves will warn the muscles (and you) about any pain or discomfort felt during and after the workout.

Exercise isn’t a rush job or a chore to complete halfway. The best workouts require plenty of time to exercise. When there’s no hurry, you can concentrate fully on exercise. Only then will warming up become part of the workout.

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