Whenever we see an easy workout on the internet, we immediately get up and start doing it. Then after a while, the back starts hurting or a muscle starts complaining & we conclude that the workout is not ‘good enough or apt’ for our body.
Now let us tell you, that the fault is not in the work-out but our way of doing it. You don’t just get up from the bed and immediately start doing push-ups or any high-intensity exercise for that matter. You always need to warm up your body before exercise.
What is Warming-up?
Warming up is like a warning to the body that some high-intensity work is coming up. As you know by the name, warming up is increasing the body temperature so that every muscle’s blood supply increases and it will help you in performing better in your workout session.
What are the benefits of Warming-up?
- It prevents any injury which can occur due to the sudden stretching of the muscles.
- It helps you stretch and perform better in your workout session.
- It increases the blood flow (circulation) in the muscles thus increasing the amount of oxygen in them.
- It prevents a sudden rise in blood pressure (B.P) thus giving you a less tiring workout experience.
- Warming up gives you an idea of what your body is capable of doing without getting hurt.
Now we know about the benefits of warming up, let’s move on to how to do the same.
How to do a Warming-up?
Normally, warming up should be related to the exercises you are going to perform depending on their level of difficulty and intensity. There are many ways of doing warming-up, some of the general easy ones which work best for beginners as well as the experienced exercise freaks are listed below:
Jogging is one of the best warm-ups for runners, as well as the other sports persons. Start by walking for 2 minutes, then do light jogging for 5 to 10 minutes.
It is a good cardio exercise and is also considered very good for warming up the body.
Don’t climb too fast, just climb at a normal pace and be cautious to avoid any kind of injury while climbing as well as descending from them. Also make sure that the staircase is straight and not curvy, as the curvy staircase will increase the chances of falling & waste the energy as well.
Exercising without weight
If you are working out in a gym then start doing every exercise you do, but without weights. After you have done it for 5-10 minutes, then you can increase the weight gradually.
Static Bicycle is an amazing and one of the easiest ways to warm up while toning your thigh muscles. You can start it without resistance for the first five minutes, then increase the resistance to a moderate level for the next 5 minutes.
This dance style has its own unique benefits. It makes you flexible, you can learn some good moves (even if you are born with two left feet) and also maintain your shape, needless to say, that dance lifts up your mood too. It solves our basic purpose of warming up very efficiently too. We totally suggest this before starting your actual workout. You can learn some basic Zumba moves here.
Though warming-up is exercise specific, these 5 warm-up methods work fine with every workout. We are eager to know what’s your favorite technique for warming up before your workout session. Also, don’t forget to cool down after your workout session.
Till then “Just Stick with it, What seems so hard now will one day be your warm-up.”
Note: The remedies or exercises provided in this article are not a replacement for medical advice. Please consult a healthcare professional before following the solutions.