Are you tempted to skip your warm-up because you’re not feeling it today? – Don’t! Your warm-up is just as important and the full workout and cool down, it should never be skipped or done lazily, and here are the reasons why…
A warm-up serves two major purposes, to enhance our performance and to prevent any injuries occurring during the workout, however a warm-up is good for both waking up your body and your mind.
While you are reading this, your blood flow is a low percentage of around 15 to 20 percent to your skeletal muscles. After 10 to 12 minutes of total body exercise (your warm-up), the blood flow will increase to around 70-75 percent and your capillaries will open. Along with more blood flow, comes an increase in muscle temperature – The haemoglobin in your blood will then release oxygen at a higher temperature. When more blood is going to your muscles along with more oxygen available, you will see a better performance.
When you’re warming up, the process includes getting yourself mentally ready for the workout ahead. You have time to think about what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it. Mentally preparing for a workout is thought to improve your technique, skill and coordination. If your mind is ready to endure discomfort from your workout, the body can produce better performance however if the mind is unwilling or not prepared, your performance will slack and you could endure some discomfort.
Although there is no real evidence that warming up prevents injury (I mean, who wants to go through a muscle stress test to see when they can tear a muscle?) there is some knowledge as to why warm-ups are good for your muscles. Warming up allows your muscles to have a better, stronger range of motion and correct form, which in the long run can actually prevent injury. If your muscles have already been used while warming-up by doing body weight exercises such as squats, lunges, deadlifts etc. then they will be able to perform better and you will be able to do your workouts without them feeling too tight.
Warming up also enhances the speed of transmission of nerve impulses. Motor faculties improve greatly when you’re warmed up. Want to test it yourself? Get out of bed as soon as you wake up and run to the front door. You’ll probably bump into something, or worse, fall down. If you walked to the front door and stretched, you would have a much better chance of running safely afterwards.
So, there you have it, four major reasons as to why you shouldn’t skip your workout. If you have any questions regarding warm-ups or any other particular workouts then please feel free to email us and we will get back to you as soon as we can!