Why Warm Up Before Exercise is Important?

Preparing your body for exercising is necessary. And we have to do it both inside and out. Fuel in the body with good nutrition, as for me what works best before workout is Protein Intake. Thats for the inside, for the energy.
Let’s talk about the outside, which is warm up.

Several times, i would mention how important it is to come to my class earlier so they could do a proper warm up. Now it’s not only about discipline or mandatory by rules, its for the sake of the client’s safety.

Warm up is essential. It is work to prepare your body for dynamic, energetic activity. It reduces the risks of injury, and it also improves the potential performance and maximising the health benefits for you selected workout.

The purpose of Warm Up itself is to ease both body and mind from the state of rest into a state of strenuous activity

Warm Up routine should consist of

  • A gentle loosening exercises
  • Dynamic Strecth
  • Work-Out Specific Movement/Exercise that will increase core and muscle temperature. This will helps muscle loose, supple and pliable.

A warm up should increase heart and respiratory rate to boost blood flow and supply of oxygen and nutrients to muscles. In which, helps to prepare your muscles, tendons and joints for actions.

Few Examples of Warm Up you can do

Cardio Work : Brisk Walk for few rounds till it leave your breath and heart rate slightly increase. Jogging, Skipping. Or any light 10 mins Cardio workout.

Gentle Loosening Exercise : Light Core Rotation, Light Neck rotation. Up and down movement like rolling down to fold and rolling up to stand.

Dynamic Stretch  : In warm up, its better to minimise the static stretch in which will let your muscles warm enough.

Workout Specific Exercise : For example, if you are doing a one hour dance workout, then your warm up should consist a light routine to get your muscles, joints ready. Practice your workout plan for few reps in a lighter way/or with lighter weight if you plan on weight lifting.

Even if you are not working out, you can still add warm up routine to prepare your body for the day. Try to do light jog, dynamic stretches as you woke up every morning.

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Published by Britt Sukrisno

A Mother of One Boy Passionate in Fitness and Helping people achieving their fitness goal. I'm a professional Fitness Practitioner since 2006, and I'm Based in Indonesia. My Qualifications in Fitness are: Group X Manager In Fitness First Indonesia 2007 - 2013 Group X Manager in Gold's Gym Indonesia 2013 - 2016 LesMills™ Certified Instructor for BodyBalance ™, BodyJam™, BodyVive™ now known as Tone ™, CXWorx™ and Youth Fitness for Ages 2 - 16years Program BORN TO MOVE™ Worked as Asia Trainer For LesMills Asia Pacific from 2009 - 2017, conduct and facilitate module training for LesMills BodyVive (Tone) and Born To Move Series I was a DVD Presenter for LesMills BodyVive™ release 34 - Filmed in Auckland City, New Zealand TRX® Group Certified Instructor for Group Training Registered Yoga Teacher 200hrs Strong By Zumba® Instructor Certified and Zumba Kids Certified And currently in an intensive training for Mat Pilates and Pilates Reformer by Pilates Academy International (P.A.I) I contribute my reviews as a brand advisor for a beauty platform called Beauty Connect community that based in London UK. Here I joined the Global Discussion for a specific International Cosmetic Brand development.

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