When you meet a fitness enthusiast, it’s possible you’ve already heard about how important it is to perform warmup and cool down exercises. I mean, why can’t we just get straight to the workout and call it a day, right?
Unfortunately, skipping these could hurt your body even if it’s not your intention. Most of the effective workouts could stress the body and you need recovery after. In sports, conditioning is important to help one’s body perform well. This is the same in any type of workout.
The Dynamic Warmup
These exercises can help you increase your blood flow and reduce the risk of injury during your gym session, or just your home exercise session. This workout is done at the beginning of your high intensity routine. The movements are similar to your actual workout. Dynamic warmups are helpful for mobility, building strength, and coordination.
Some examples include lunges, squats, jogging, high-knees, and cycling.
The Static Stretching
Some people call it “cool down exercises.” These are the stretching routines that are held for more than 16 seconds, depending on your flexibility, at the end of your routine. It helps you loosen your muscles and connective tissues. Unlike the dynamic warmup that requires more movement, you have to stay still and feel the stretch. Stretching helps reduce your body’s stiffness.
Some examples include the overhead triceps stretch, biceps stretch, the cobra pose, and the seated butterfly stretch.
Why Are Warmup and Cool Down Exercises Important?
These exercises allow your body to have less muscle tension and pain as it lets you have a better range of motion. When you have more control of your body, you’re more likely to get good results. The best of all, it can prepare you mentally, allowing your brain to focus on your physical activity.