If you want to prevent injuries and make your workouts most effective, then warmup before exercise. It’s a way to signal your body that stress is coming and for the mind to get ready and anchor the whole thing.
Also, the blood flow towards relevant stress areas of the body will increase and body temperature will go up to a degree or two, which will further improve the odds of workout performance.
What is Warm-up Exercise?
A Warm-up Exercise generally is a combination of short pulse raiser physical activity or two. Usually done in a combination with joint mobility exercises and stretching. For example, before a sprint, an athlete might jog and stretch a little to warm-up their muscles for the bigger battle to come.
What is the difference between Warm-up and Stretching?
They are two different things. Warm-up basically is for elevating the body temperature to a few more degrees and increase the blood flow towards working muscles. While stretching is an effort to increase joint flexibility and your range of motion.
They both are useful but mostly only a warm-up is necessary.
Is Stretching Warming up?
NO! Stretching is not a warm-up!. But can be a very important part of warming-up. And as the name suggests warm-up literally means getting your body warmed before heading into the core activity of an intense or moderate workout.
What is more important before Exercise? Stretching or Warming-up?
Stretching usually comes after the Exercise. Contrary to that, a warm-up is absolutely necessary activity to perform before a workout. There are some exercises, where they are interconnected, and stretching serves as a part of a warm-up before working out. Other than that, stretching before a workout is a myth.
What are the Benefits of Warming-up and Stretching?
As mentioned above, warm-ups and stretches are before and after workout activities respectively.
They are both important and there to help you achieve maximum benefits from moderate and intense workouts.
Listed below are the benefits of warm-ups and stretching:
Benefits of a Warm-up:
Warming up can benefit you in several ways before a workout. The most prominent among them are:
- Lower risk of injury
- Increased blood flow and oxygen
- Improved performance
- Less muscle tension and pain
Benefits of Stretching:
- improve posture by loosening the tight muscles that are causing a poor posture
- it can improve the full range of motion
- stretching can decrease the back pain
- it can help prevent injuries
- and decrease muscle soreness.
Other than that, it is very common to feel rigidness in the body first thing after waking up in the morning.
Now if you want to get rid of rigidness, you do need some sort of stretching activity. It can be part of your before or after work-out or a general morning routine.
And as said earlier, usually, stretching is a post-workout activity, but if flexibility and range of motion are required in a workout, you can make it a part of warming-up before exercising.
Other than that, be it for a workout or not, stretching is an important activity for your physical health.
Check out this video from Swindon Chiropractic Clinic to understand more about the subject of Stretching.