Know Why Warming Up Is Necessary Before Starting Your Workout

| March 30 , 2018 , 18:56 IST

Most of us usually start our daily workout with some casual jumps and kicks, leaving our warm-up session far behind from us. Rushing to get a workout out of the way, we crank up the speed and incline on the treadmill right off the bat or jump into a strength-training circuit. Warm-up? Who needs that?

What is a warm-up?

Warmup is a session which takes place prior to doing physical activity, designed to increase circulation, increase body temperature and bring the heart rate up, while stretching warms the muscles and prepare them for the movements they will be required to carry out during the activity.

Explosive strength exercises, which may include sprint drills or jumps, gently increase the level of intensity and prepare the body for sudden movements in the game which will follow; these exercises should only be done once the muscles are warm.

How long should a warm-up last?

Most warm-up sessions last between 20 minutes and half an hour; this given the body plenty of time to gradually get ready for physical activity and gives the player time to prepare themselves mentally.

Preventing injury

The most important reason for doing a warm-up is to prevent injury during exercise; keeping the muscles warm will prevent acute injuries such as hamstring strains and will stave off overuse injuries by allowing the body to prepare steadily and safely.

In more static sports, such as cricket, it is a good idea to stretch throughout the game as this will keep the muscles warm and allow them to function effectively; substitutes should also continue to run and stretch while they are waiting to join a game; this is commonly seen in football matches where the substitutes jog, jump and stretch along the sidelines.