Tip of the Week: Why Warm Up?

You know you should, but why?


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This tip comes to us from Kirk Fontaine, and is a snippet from the discussion Stretching & Warming Up. Was a great one.

In response to a couple of questions on 'Why Warm Up?' :

If you are to participate in exercise the first thing you need to do is warm up. The warm up is important to prepare your mind and body so that you can get the very best out of the exercise. The effect of a warm up on preventing injury is not clear however research does suggest increased muscle temperature decreases the risk of muscle tear.
Warming up will :
  • Increase your heart rate to give you increased blood flow around the body to the muscles
  • Improve oxygen delivery to the muscles
  • Stimulate faster muscle contraction
  • Improve the joints' ability to endure stress.


Good stuff.


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