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Saturday, 21 October 2017

The Importance Of Warming Up And Cooling Down

If there's one thing that I forget (on purpose) to do is; warming up before a workout and then cooling down.
 I don't tend to be as bad at warming up (I do, do some glute activation exercises, coming to a blog post near you soon!) but cooling down....
When I've finished my workout, I usually sprint for the exit doors, heading down into the stretch area sounds like something straight outta hell. 

But.. 
I know, and I'm sure you know that by both warming up and cooling down, we are minimising our chances of hurting ourselves whilst working out and warding off the dreaded doms.


 Warming Up


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Warming up is essential to our workouts, doing this prepares our muscles to be used in ways that we don't usually use them 24/7, and also helps to get the blood pumping around your body, which we all know is necessary. Getting that blood flowing thought o the muscles really helps to loosen them up and is a lot safer for you then from taking them to 0 to 10 in the space of seconds. 
You wouldn't put food in a cold oven and expect it to be cooked in the same amount of time as a fully heated over, so let's try not to do the same to our bodies.
A quick five-minute session of cardio (I don't mean intense cardio, I would leave the gym at this point) including some jogging on the spot or a minute of jumping jacks combined with some marching will really make a massive difference to your body.

 

My Warming up schedule -



Jogging/marching for one minute followed by one minute of jumping jacks. Repeat twice for four minutes.


 Cooling Down

 


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The bit I struggle with the most.
 By the end of the workout, when the ending (and food) is in sight, the last thing I ever want to do is a stretch. But it really is so essential to creating those long lean muscles that we've been working so hard on.
Stretching out your muscles helps to bring that heart rate back down, and allows all that tension and stress to simply disappear from your body. Stretching is a great way of really focusing on your breathing (especially if like me, you take no notice of it) and gives you that five minutes peace and quiet.
Most the time I am rushing out of the gym, and I'm not quite sure why.

Allow yourself that time to just spend quietly with yourself, whilst at the same time releasing the stress away from your muscles.

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2 comments

  1. You're absolutely right, it's so important to warm up before working out and warming down, often we forget to do it but the muscles will thank us for doing so.

    I love to take a warm bath to calm muscles after a workout :)

    Great post, loving your fitness posts!

    Laura xo
    www.shehearts.net

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  2. Completely agree. My current muscular problems are the result of years of ignoring cool downs and I very much regret it. Muscular discomfort and tension affect me every day. Great post and good work for getting the message out there.

    Amy. X

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