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Why do you need warm up exercises before a workout

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2020-09-11 | By: Snap Fitness
 Why do you need warm up exercises before a workout

Warm-ups are an essential part of our daily workouts, but our hectic lives have compelled us to squeeze in a million things. We are all tempted to skip our pre-workout sessions and warm-ups to save more time and energy but the after-effects to that can be disastrous. Skipping warm-up sessions from a workout routine can cause muscle injuries and strain. However, there is a myriad of reasons why it is extremely important to warm up before a workout. Let’s delve into them!

Benefits of Warm-Up Exercises

  1. It increases your flexibility: - Warm-up exercises increase your body’s overall temperature and in turn strengthen your muscles. Warm muscles are more flexible and can contract and relax easily during your main workout. This can help you get the best out of your workout and avoid muscle injuries.

  2. It increases the supply of oxygen as well as blood: - When your body temperature rises, the blood flow to your muscle increases, thereby increasing oxygen to these muscles. If you’re wondering why this is relevant, hear us out. Oxygen acts as fuel to working muscles and when your muscles begin to get tired, they need more energy to function at their optimum level and hence require more oxygen. By doing a few easy warm-up exercises before your workout, you’re ensuring that blood vessels are ready to pump oxygen to working muscles which will also improve your endurance levels.

  3. It improves your range of motion: - Warm-up stretches before a long workout are exceptionally good for your joints. You can try shoulder warm-up exercises for your shoulders and elbows and a routine warm-up for leg day for your knees. By doing this, you will see a marked difference in your range of motion and also fluidity in your movements.

  4. It helps you focus and improves your performance: - A warm-up before a workout also helps to increase focus on the actual workout. It also gives you the time to clear your mind of all things and focus on yourself and dedicate all your mental energy to achieving your best.

  5. Risk of Injuries will significantly lower: - Including warm-ups in your daily workout routine enables you to drastically reduce your injuries. It enables your muscles to relax and this, in turn, reduces the chances of any injuries.

It should also be kept in mind that your warm-up session should be at least 5-10 minutes. Moreover, longer workout routines require longer warm-up sessions.

List of gym warm up exercises

Dynamic warmups: - Dynamic warm-ups ensure that you can do high-intensity workouts. This is done before the start of your workout routine. Dynamic workouts help in building up your strength, mobility, and coordination. movement-based stretching like lunges or squats, or light movements like riding a bicycle or jogging is some examples of dynamic warm-ups. 

Static Stretching: - Static stretching is mostly done at the end of your workout. It comprises stretches and exercises that increase muscle flexibility. It helps you loosen your connective tissues and muscles. Triceps stretches, hip flexor stretches and lying hamstring stretches are some examples of static stretching. 

Warm-up exercise types vary according to different workouts. Here is a list of warm-up exercises you can try at a gym near you.

Cardio Warm Up Routine:

  • 1 minute High Knees
  • 1 minute Inchworms
  • 1 minute Jumping Jack
  • 1 minute Butt Kicks

Unlike a cardio workout which is a full-body workout, strength training workouts are usually split into upper body and lower body workouts. Therefore, it is essential to warm up the particular muscle group that is going to be used during the workout. Here are two warm-ups you can try before you start: 

For an Upper Body Workout

  • 1 minute Push-Ups
  • 1 minute Toe Touches
  • 1 minute Mountain Climbers
  • 1 minute Shoulder Taps

For a Lower Body Workout

  • 1 minute air squats
  • 1 minute half burpees
  • 1 minute glute bridges
  • 1 minute high knees 

We hope you try these warm-ups and get the best out of your daily workout. You can try these workouts at home or a gym. If you are looking to learn some of these exercises, we’d love for you to visit any of our Snap Fitness branches in Dubai. Our trainers are here for you, always!

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