If you are short of time, it can be tempting to skip a warm-up. But warming up before you exercise, it's as important at the workout itself. Learn why, and follow this simple warm-up routine from fitness guru Kayla Itsines.
Benefits of warming up before exercise.
- Muscle temperature increases. Warm muscles will both contract more forcefully and relax more quickly. This will reduce the risk of overstretching a muscle, resulting in injury.
- Blood temperature rises. As blood temperature goes up, oxygen is more readily available to your muscles, potentially improving endurance.
- Blood vessels dilate: This means increased blood flow and puts less stress on your heart.
- The range of motion increases. This allows your large joints (such as your shoulders and knees) to reach their maximum movement potential.
- You avoid overheating. By activating the heat-dissipation mechanisms in the body, your body can cool efficiently and help prevent overheating early on.
- Hormonal changes. Your body increases its production of various hormones. This balance of hormones makes more carbohydrates and fatty acids available for energy production.
- You have a chance to mentally prepare: The warm-up is also a good time to mentally prepare for working out.
Follow this simple warm-up routine from Kayla Itsines for optimal results in your next workout!
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