Several weeks ago, I decided to become a group fitness instructor. In studying to take my certification exam, I realized that getting a good warm-up before exercising can offer individuals a variety of wonderful health benefits. Here are three:
1. Increased Metabolic Rate.
Individuals interested in losing weight may be happy to note that just as exercise can increase their metabolism, the warm-up that precedes a moderate or vigorous workout can also elevate metabolic rate. There are several fun and beneficial ways that you can warm up, including through the use of yoga poses. (You should also note that doing a warm-up that helps you practice the workout you’re about to do can increase your efficacy in performing those types of exercises. Thus if you’re preparing to do a kickboxing workout, a warm-up that involves simple, low-intensity kickboxing moves can help you perform the workout with greater efficacy.)
2. Gradual Redistribution of Blood Flow to Working Muscles.
As many health experts know, the muscles of our bodies need nutrients in order to function properly. When we warm-up, we redistribute blood flow from our organs into our working muscles. This helps ensure the transportation of nutrients to those regions, thereby contributing to their proper functioning. (Our muscles need nutrients such as protein, carbohydrates, B vitamins, and antioxidant vitamins to function properly.)
3. Increased Muscle, Tendon, and Ligament Elasticity.
In defining elasticity, Sarka-Jonae Miller notes that it is ” the recoil of the muscle tissue after you stretch it.” She goes on to state that your muscles lose elasticity when you aren’t active, meaning that they aren’t able to attain their greatest range of motion. This factor increases your susceptibility to injury. By completing a warm-up, you improve your elasticity and thereby decrease the likelihood that you’ll be injured both in the workout that follows this activity as well as during any period of your life.
Although the intensity of a workout may be your favorite part of exercising, other elements like the warm-up should not be omitted. In fact, you should make sure that the warm-up is an integral aspect of your exercise routine. In so doing, you’ll reap a plethora of great benefits that improve health and thereby lead to the cultivation of a more productive, positive life!
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