Why Warming Up Before and Cooling Down After A Workout Is So Important!

Posted on May 26th, 2011 at 10:36 pm by

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Your body is like a machine.  It needs time to warm up before any intense exercise as well as time to cool down afterwards.  If you do not, you put your body at risk of injury.   Always remember to warm up before partaking in any intense physical activity so that injury is prevented.  When your muscles are cold they will not be as flexible and are liable to tear.

Warming up also prepares your heart for an intense exercise session by gradually increasing your heart rate. Cardio is a very good method to warm up and approximately five to fifteen minutes of cardio before your workout would be effective.  Cardio increases the temperature of your blood which facilitates improved oxygen transportation for your muscles which need it.  If you jump immediately into a workout before warming up you will be breathless because oxygen is not readily available.

You should also stretch after completing your workout to loosen up your muscles and prevent injury.  Failing to do this will result in muscle soreness, faintness and stiffness.  If you stop exercising suddenly your heart will continue to beat fast and too much blood will stay in your muscles instead of flowing back to your heart.  Not good.  Cooling down also helps to get rid of toxins and metabolic waste accumulated during exercise.

Therefore, I cannot stress enough the importance of warming up before and cooling down after any intense exercise.

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