THE IMPORTANCE OF A PROPER WARM UP

12/28/18

Whenever you are exercising, whether you are running, lifting weights, taking a CrossFit class, or simply playing a round of golf, it is essential to warm up properly to help avoid injury and also maximize your ability to perform the task at hand.  

What does a warm up do? A good warm up routine will help improve your mobility in areas that may be tight or restricted so you are able to move through the full motion you need to complete for a task. If you aren't able to completely move through the necessary motions, your body will compensate, which often leads to pain and injury over time. 

Another benefit of a dynamic warm up is that it gradually increases your heart rate to get ready for exercise. It also allows for increased blood flow to the muscles you are warming up and going to use for your exercise. 

So, what should you do to warm up? This is going to vary from person to person, but as a general guideline, you want to warm up any muscle that might feel tight or sore from inactivity or your workout the day before. Some beneficial dynamic warm ups include walking lunges with twists, high knee strides, leg swings, and arm circles. 

If you need assistance developing a good warm up program and isolating which motions are the most important for you to work on your mobility, schedule an appointment at one of our 3 locations today!