The Goals Of A Good Warm-Up
The Goals Of A Good Warm-Up
If you aren’t warming up before a workout, then you’re missing a really important part of your overall training picture.
Exercising kickstarts a number of changes in your body. A warm-up prepares your body for many of these changes, and can also help reduce the chance of an injury. Without a proper warm-up, you might not be able to do the best workout possible and you could be increasing your risk of injury.
Getting your warm-up done can help set the tone for your workout. But, how do you know you’re doing it right? These are a few goals you should be aiming for with each workout!
What should your warm-up include?
This can depend on the workout that you’re planning to do that day, but there are some general warm-ups you should include as well. A little bit of cardio, such as a few minutes with the skipping rope or cycling on the bike, can help increase your heart rate and prepare your muscles. You should also aim to include some dynamic stretches, such as leg swings, arm circles and torso twists to help ‘wake up’ those muscles and increase your range of motion.
Signs you’ve done a good warm-up:
You should feel warm
A dynamic warm-up signals to your central nervous system that it should prime your body. That means getting your cardiovascular system firing and working on your mobility. Your body should start to quickly feel warm once you get moving!
You feel energised
The aim of your warm-up is to get your body ready to for your training routine. While you want to feel ‘warmed up’, if the warm-up is tiring you out, then you’re pushing too hard.
Your joints should feel more mobile
While a 15-minute warm-up isn’t going to make drastic changes to your flexibility, you should still feel as though you can move comfortably. If you have feelings of tightness or hear any joints cracking, you may need to spend some more time warming up.
You should be in ‘workout mode’
Exercising is not just about your body, it’s also what is happening in your mind! Are you feeling mentally ready to tackle your workout? Are you excited to push yourself through a tough leg day? Think of your warm-up as a pre-game for your workout! It’s just a few minutes to focus on how your body is feeling and noting if there is any soreness or discomfort.
It might sound like a lot to cross off your already-full list of things to do each day, but a warm-up is important. Getting your body prepared for your workout can help you to push yourself a little bit harder. If you’re already warmed up, you should find it easier to do those first few exercises as well. Now you know what a good warm-up looks like, now you can aim to get it done before each training session.
* Results may vary. Strict adherence to the nutrition and exercise guide are required for best results.