One of the biggest mistakes people make when they start getting into activities is not dedicating time for a quality warm-up. Avoidance of this can lead to potential nagging aches and easily avoidable pains, forcing you to be inconsistent and derailing your performance goals.
A warm-up isn’t just about getting a little blood flow. It is targeted to your exercises by priming the body in various ranges of motion, and preparing the tissues for increased stress. Our warm-ups should be progressive by starting slow, and then moving to near full intensity of the activities we will perform for the day. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes.
Being targeted allows you to be more time-efficient and better prepared. You wouldn’t warm up for a run by doing quick stretches and lifting weights before going out. You would want to do some running-specific drills, like marching or skipping that involves running mechanics.
The other great thing about a proper warm-up is that it can be a time to address some deficiencies in movement patterns, while you are fresh and moving at lower intensities. This is a game changer when you become fatigued and fall into bad habits. The warm-up can help facilitate better movement patterns and be more efficient and fatigue-resistant, furthering your ability to stay less injury-prone.
If you want more specific warm-up routines to get you back on track, be sure to call or text us today, and ask to have a warm-up routine sent to you!
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