Warming up before a workout is crucial. A typical warm up can take anywhere between five and ten minutes and should focus on dynamic stretching, mobility and core exercises. Here’s three key reasons why you should always do a warmup before your gym session.
1.You’ll reduce your risk of injury
The last thing anyone wants is an injury. Injury prevention is one of the main functions of a solid warm up. With that in mind, make sure you do a few stretches and exercises with the guidance of a personal trainer before your workout. A good warmup will go along way to making sure you stay injury free.
2.They help you mentally prepare
We’ve all been there, rushing to the gym to make our 6am or 6pm workout. You arrive and your flustered, so don’t make it worse by jumping straight into your already challenging workout! Take your time. The warm up really helps to signal the start of your workout. It’s about easing in to a workout, increasing the intensity at a steady pace while not feeling overwhelmed. Use your warm up to think about what your about to do, and why you’re doing it too. This will ensure that both your mind and body will be in sync, and ready to deliver a great session!
3.They help to get our muscles and body ready
A good warm up will help raise your body temperature, which is extremely important when it comes to the more strenuous and demanding lifts in your workout. Without a proper warmup, you will be coming in cold, literally. We want to be warm when we workout, allowing our muscles to contract and relax more easily. This will ensure that you are able to complete your session with minimum risk of injury and also perform optimally.
The benefits of a good warm up are clear and they will certainly help you achieve your goals in the gym. Once you’ve warmed up, both physically and mentally, you’ll be ready to tackle even the most demanding of workouts!