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Warm Up For Life

Screen shot 2015-09-28 at 2.21.27 PMOne thing that  is overlooked when discussing a workout program, exercise, or even how one begins their day is the “warm up.” Some may say they have limited time to train, so they may skip their warm up. Others may not know, or be aware of how important their warm up is. Whatever the reason is, we all must come to understanding that a warm up is extremely important! The whole purpose of a warm up is to prepare your body for the work it is about to do, as well as reducing the risk of injury and increasing the potential of your workout.

As stated, the concept of a “warm up”  is to better prepare your body for the work it is about to do. Most of us are aware that we should do a warm up before our workout, but what about getting ready for the everyday workout of life?  Getting in and our of cars, going up stairs, picking up children, bags, boxes, sitting at a desk, and so on. These can all be considered a workout.

Compare your body to a high performance car engine. The use of motor oil is necessary for lubrication, and to reduce the wear on certain parts. Likewise, a warm up is used to reduce wear on your muscles and joints by increasing the mobility, blood-flow, and oxygen efficiency of your body. This will help your engine, (body) to gain more mileage over the years, as well as decrease the wear and tear of your muscles, ligaments and joints. Bottom line is, if you are overlooking your warm up, you are slowly devaluing your body and increasing your risk of breakdowns (injuries) in the future.

Warm up Tips:

– A good warm up is 5-10 minutes.

– Warm up your entire body, not just the area you think you are working.

– Get your heart rate up to get blood moving and warm.

– Try and hit your major joints

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