Warming up, stretching and cooling down correctly are fundamental, yet often overlooked parts of any training program.
Warm up before gym/yoga is not necessary but highly crucial because they get your muscles ready for activity. Without warming up, you not only risk injury but you also get less from your workout.
Warming up properly has been proven to minimise the risk of injury. It increases tissue and muscle flexibility and prepares your body to perform fast and explosive movements. As an added advantage, warming up improves your mental focus and speeds up your reaction time.
An effective warm–up gets your muscles to activate via the stretch reflex, an automatic response your body has when a muscle is lengthened.
5 major reasons for warmup :
1 . They help to increase body and muscle temperature
2 . You’ll reduce your risk of injury
3. They can help you to mentally prepare
4. You’ll increase your flexibility, which will help with other exercise
5. You’ll be ready to tackle the heavy-duty machines at the gym
In general, aim for a five to 10 minute warm–up period before any workout.
So next time you think of skipping warm up just think of the risk you are taking!