Exercise – Warm Up to Work Out
One of the most common barriers to starting an exercise program is finding the time. Finding the time to properly warm up before a workout is often even more challenging.
But, completing an effective pre-exercise warm up of 5 to 10 minutes can have numerous benefits on an individual’s work-out and consequently, his or her overall health.
Here are a few of the benefits of a gradual warm up:
- More efficient calorie burning by increasing one’s core body temperature
- Production of faster, more forceful muscle contractions
- Increase of metabolic rate so oxygen is delivered to the working muscles more quickly
- Prevention of injuries by improving the elasticity of the muscles
- Perform longer workouts because energy systems are able to adjust to exercise
- Improvement of joint range of motion
A safe and effective warm up should consist of 2 phases:
- Progressive aerobic activity that utilizes the muscles that will be used during the workout. Just slow down what will be done during the actual workout.
- Flexibility exercises, to be done after the aerobic warm up activity.
Taking a few extra minutes to warm up will ensure a better performance and also make the workout more efficient, productive and enjoyable.
Kira Oregon, MS, is Director of Health Initiatives at Innovative Business Consultants in Sioux City.