Benefits of Warming up

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Benefits of Warming up

Post  Guvnor on Sun May 24, 2009 5:42 pm

Ok its not the most exciting thing to do, when you wanna get down do boxing, but remember the strain you put on your body, with the training. And as any good athlete will tell you warming up is a must. If you start an activity with cold muscles you put yourself at risk to injuries.

It's important to warm up your body before any physical activity. Warming up goes a long way toward preparing the body for exercising, both physically and mentally. It also helps prevent injuries.

The term "warm-up" describes many light-aerobic and cardiovascular activities, which are separate from stretching. (Stretching works best when performed after warming up.) When you warm up, you are literally warming up the temperature of both your body and your muscles.

Warming up also:

increases your heart and respiratory rate
boosts the amount of nutrients and oxygen delivered to your muscles
prepares the body for a demanding workout
makes it easier to burn calories
extends your workout
Types of Warm-Ups
You can use many types of warm-up activities to prepare your body for intense physical exercise. Often a warm-up activity is simply the activity you are about to do but at a slower pace. For example, if you're about to go for a brisk run, warm up with a light jog, and if you're going to go for a swim, do a couple of slow freestyle warm-up laps.
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