Whether you are a woman on-the-go or a stay-at-home mom when you find that precious time in your busy day to finally get your sweat on, you may be tempted to jump right into the workout. Stop. Stop. STOP!!! You need to warm up first! Warming up prepares your mind and your body for the workout ahead. Not only do you need to prepare your muscles to work, but also it gives you time to adjust your attitude to crush your workout and give it everything you’ve got!
Why Warm Up?
Just like you wouldn’t jump into a cold shower because why would you do that to yourself, you shouldn’t jump straight into a strength training routine without warming up your muscles. Warming up before a workout helps prepare your body for the burn that’s coming. It wakes up the muscles from their sedentary state and alerts them that it’s time to work. This simple, 5 to 10-minute practice can help you perform better because it focuses you and your muscles. Warm muscles can lift more, are more limber, are less prone to injury and make for an overall better workout!
What Makes for a Good Warm Up?
While warmups are a crucial part of any strength training workout, they don’t have to be very long. In the Strong4Me Fitness Program, warmups are three low-impact exercises like split squats, squat-to-stand and glute bridges that activate the muscles. These low-impact exercises are just enough to get the blood pumping and focus your attention on the workout to come. When you’re choosing warmup exercises choose something that uses only body weight and activates that muscle’s range of motion. How long it takes you to finish these exercises is up to you, but normally they don’t take more than 5 to 10 minutes.
Why Are Warm Ups So Important?
Warm up exercises are not only necessary to activate your muscles gain strength and avoid injury, but it is a small space to put your head in the game. These easy and effective exercises help you focus and forget what stresses you out. Warm-ups help to remind yourself that the next 30 minutes are for you and you alone. When you’re warming up you can think about the workout to come. What will you do today that you couldn’t do yesterday? Warming up is so much more than just getting your muscles ready to crush a workout, it’s about getting your mind ready to be the best version of yourself and improve your health and lifestyle.
So next time you think about skipping your warm up, think about hopping into that cold shower. Use your warm-ups wisely. Activate your muscles and mind, and get ready to get STRONG!