When we get ready for our workout, we’re ready. But is our body? It might need a little more coaxing than our minds.
Why Do We Need to Warm-up?
- Warm-ups ensure that our bodies are limber and muscles and joints for the load you are about to put on them in order to avoid injuries.
- Warm-ups help you perform better throughout your workout.
- Warm-ups will be able to give you better movements like deeper squats, higher jumps, and better bends.
Are Warm-ups and Stretching the Same Thing?
Stretching isn’t always warming up but a good warm-up can involve some stretching, but only a certain kind. Let’s discuss the two kinds of stretching.
Dynamic Stretching – This is the type of stretching that you would include in a warm-up. It involves stretching during movements that challenge your range of motion but never hold the position long enough to get a deep stretch.
Static Stretching – This type of stretching is to be done after your workout. It involves slow steady movements with a hold of about 15-30 seconds at your furthest range of motion. It is meant to lengthen the muscle and release any tension that might have occurred during your workout.
The Anatomy of a Great Warm-up
There are certain things that you should aim to include in each warm-up. They include:
- Dynamic Stretching – We’ve already talked a little bit about this. These would be movements that are fluid and can help your body limber up for the workout ahead.
- Easy versions of moves to come – If your workout will be focusing on lower body movements like jump squats or scissor jumps, you will want to get those quads ready with some simple bodyweight squats. If you’ll be doing some shoulder work, make sure you include some arm circles. Your warm-up should include moves that are as close to your workout entails but at a much less challenging level.
- Create a mind-body connection – Your warm-up is the perfect time to channel your brain power and speak to your muscles. Get the movements down with muscle memory so that you can complete your workout with perfect form and get great results.
- Sweat – They don’t call it a warm-up for nothing. You need to be sweating by the end of your warm-up or you didn’t warm-up enough. When you start to glisten, then you’ll know you are ready.
What not to do in a warm-up:
- Static stretching – This type of stretching on cold muscles is a bad idea. Once the body is warm, you’ll see a much wider range of motion and be able to see increased flexibility.
- Ballistic stretching – This is a dangerous way to stretch and should never be done. This type of stretch involves using bouncing to force a stretch further than normal. It could lead to serious injury. Don’t do it.
- Being too extreme – A warm-up is meant to prepare your body for the workout, not be the actual workout itself. Keep the warm-up short and sweet and simple.
When you are done warming-up, and you’re ready for a challenging and fun workout, try the WunderBody app. There are plenty of workouts to choose from that require no extra equipment, can be done anywhere, and will get your body ready for summer.