I’ve been doing a bit of research and studying about fitness, and learning tons of new things. It’s something I am obviously interested in, and helps to stay current with what’s going on, as well as learning new things. One topic, in particular, I have come to learn more about is how important it is to warm up before exercise. I’ve heard it over and over that I should do it, but never quite understood what it did. Maybe you do, but maybe you don’t and you’ll learn something new today! Just going to be honest, guys, I hardly ever warm up. With HIIT, I typically warm up at a level I’m used to whether on the treadmill or elliptical. When I run, though, I just jump into the speed I will be running the entire time.
LATELY, though, I’ve been working at remembering to warm up whenever I work out! Let’s talk about why.
Why Warm Up?
1. It prepares the body for exercise and helps prevent damage to the skeletal muscle, connective tissue, and the heart.
2. Increases blood flow to those tissues and will increase the body temp.
3. Your skeletal muscle will become more resistant to tearing as it becomes more pliable with a warm up.
4. The gradual increase in exercise intensity allows adequate blood flow to the heart.
Basically, warm up parts of your body you will be using the most- arms if you are lifting arms, legs if you are running, etc. Emphasize the particular muscle group, but don’t exclude the entire body. *
Here’s a new workout for you! I did this yesterday as a way to exhaust myself at the end of my workout. I did my comfort zone workout in the am, but worked my shoulders in the pm after work. I wanted something to really fatigue my muscles, and this was perfect.
Simply complete this as a Tabata workout- 20 seconds work, 10 seconds rest, for 8 rounds. That means you will do this circuit twice for the full 4 minutes. It looks like it’s easy, but I was counting down until it was over! Enjoy!