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A warm up is usually performed before participating in (technical) sports or exercising. A warm up generally consists of a gradual increase in intensity in physical activity. For example, before running or playing an intense sport one might slowly jog to warm muscles and increase heart rate. It is important that warm ups should be specific to the exercise that will follow, which means that exercises (of warm up) should prepare the muscles to be used and to activate the energy systems that are required for that particular activity. The risks and benefits of combining stretching with warming up are mixed and in some cases disputed. Warming up prepares your body mentally & physically.

BenefitsEdit

A warm up will improve the effectiveness of training and should be done before every training session. This is fundamental to a safe practice.

Types of warm upsEdit

  • Head muscles: Spin your head both clockwise and anti-clockwise slowly and gently, spin it for 10 times. This could help stretching your muscles.
  • Ballistic Stretches: Ballistic Stretches help extend limbs more during exercise to allow you to be more agile and flexible.
  • Static Stretches: Flexing the muscles to help prevent injury and allow greater flexibilty and agility. Note that some sources discourage static stretching as muscles are more prone to damage if stretched while cold.

See alsoEdit

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