Safety Measures Before Engaging in Any Sports

By: Moses Wright

Many are unaware of the importance of doing warm-ups before they start exercising. In fact, quite a number often skip this routine. Warm-ups might seem to be a waste of time for many, however, it is actually one of the more important components as it will safeguard against potential injuries.

Warm-ups help to reduce friction to joints and help to extend muscles. In doing this it is made possible to avoid injury and also discomfort and muscle soreness. If you push yourself too hard, you will still suffer from discomfort the next day. However, doing warm-ups are not a guarantee that you will be free from discomfort. It is just to aid in minimizing injury and discomfort as well as slowly ease your body into the exercise routine.

As you exercise your internal temperature will rise. If you do warm-ups prior to exercising your body will slowly raise in temperature as opposed to rising at an elevated rate, which can cause dizziness and possibly fainting. To ensure that you have a complete workout, it is important to get your muscles warmed up.

Warm-ups are done to ease your body into the exercise routine. Thus, you are warming up your body. This is very similar to cooking in an oven. Using the analogy of warming up the oven before baking a cake, the same mindset applies to workouts: Warm up your muscles before working out. Gradually increasing your body temperature will give your muscles the chance to slowly dilate and increase blood flow through them with minimal if any discomfort the following day.

Warm-ups help to up your metabolic rate and your heart rate, while benefiting your respiratory system's ability. In doing this your body is able to better adjust to the workout you are preparing for. Your joints will also become well lubricated to avoid possible injury during a vigorous exercise routine.

It really is not important the individual sport or reason for your exercising, it is important for all activities to maintain proper care of your muscles, joints and cardiovascular system. In doing this you will ensure ultimate performance with minimal chances of injuring your muscles.

Warm-ups should not be fast and furious. They are done in order to slowly prepare your body for a more vigorous workout. Therefore, in general a warm-up session of about 15 minutes should be sufficient. Begin with some stretches of the muscles that you will be using. If you intend on running, you should start of by walking and then change to a jog and finally begin your running. Slowly ease yourself into the harder workout.

Should you be playing a sport with the aim of burning calories, you can choose to do the same activity as a warm-up, only at a much lower pace.

For example, when playing tennis you know you be swinging your arms quickly while you are running. A warm-up activity for such exercises can include stretches for your limbs, back and shoulders.

Move around and swing your limbs, pretending that you are into the game. This will help to lubricate the joints in your shoulders and prevent unnecessary injuries to yourself. By doing this, you will see that your flexibility has improved and the range of actions is wider.

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