Dr. Rajani Patil

Pre-Workout Warm Up

September, 2018
The Master Responds

Do you pay attention to how you warm up for your gym workout? Often times you may be so kicked to get started that you might rush through it all or completely skip it. If you are one of those people who spend enough amount of time and effort on a proper pre-workout warm up, kudos to you. You are a rarity!

Warming up is one of the critical factors to prevent injury during a workout. It sounds clichéd but it really is. I have seen too many injuries arising from gym workouts due to a lack of warm up. Often people ask why it is so important. It's a fair question. Let's imagine your workday where you have been sitting for hours together in one position. You have done this for years. As a result your muscles have shortened and become taut like rubber bands. Imagine unused rubber bands that have become hard and semi-brittle. One fine day you decide to extend these rubber bands to their full capacity. The result? Snap! The same happens to muscles that haven't been warmed up enough. They undergo micro-tears and trauma, leading to injury.

So what should you do to warm up? It doesn’t have to be complicated. A few dynamic movements that involve all or most of your joints will do the trick. Static stretches have long ago been proven to be not beneficial before a workout; rather using them for a cool down would be well rounded injury-prevention.

 
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