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Posted by Fit Body Boot Camp
April 29, 2023 • 8 min read
You’d be surprised how many decide they don’t need to warm up before exercising or think that skipping their cool down is no big deal. For the most part, this is not because people dislike doing stretching routines or winding down after their training. Rather, it is because they want to save time.
Warm up routines and cool down exercises involve performing movements at a lower intensity and slower pace. Both can boost your performance, help you avoid injuries, and support your fitness goals.
Consider that over 30 percent of injuries seen by sports medicine clinics are skeletal muscle injuries. Medical studies show many of these issues can be avoided by warming up and stretching.
Taking a few minutes to prepare your body before jumping into your routine has several benefits:
Have you noticed that most treadmills have a pre-programmed cool down period? That’s because during your workout, your heart rate is higher than normal. Therefore, letting your heart and body ease back down is essential instead of abruptly stopping all motion.
Winding down after your workout helps to:
When your workout includes cardio training, warm up by slowly walking (inside or outside) for five to ten minutes. You can also cycle or ride a stationary bike on flat terrain for the same amount of time.
The idea is to engage in the activity at a low intensity for a short time before ramping it up. As a result, your heart rate should elevate a little, and you should begin to sweat during a warm up.
On the other end, the main goal of cooling down is to reduce your heart rate and get your body temperature down to normal. The easiest way to cool down is to dial back the intensity. For example, if you’re running, walk at a slower pace for the last ten minutes.
Stretching after your training is a great option. Your muscles and joints are now warm and loose. If you want to improve flexibility, this is the time for deep static stretches.
Skipping pre-workout and post-work exercises can have serious consequences. For example:
The next time you think you can’t spare the extra minutes to cool down after working out, consider the effect it will have on your body. These few minutes certainly seem worth it when you consider that you’re helping avoid injuries, improve your performance, support your recovery, and get you the desired results.
If you need encouragement and motivation to warm up, cool down, and stretch, it’s time to join a group fitness class.
At Fit Body Boot Camp (FBBC), our certified fitness coaches are trained to understand the importance of warm up and cool down exercises. In fact, at FBBC, a certified instructor leads every workout to help you build muscle, burn fat, and stay injury free.
Our supportive and motivating small group workout classes will inspire you. In addition, you’ll get loads of positive reinforcement from your others in the classes that will keep you coming back. With all this support, you won’t want to walk in late or leave the session early.
Join us at Fit Body Boot Camp today and begin your journey to optimum health.
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