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Los Angeles, CA – 1/21/2014—
Books and television shows that end in cliffhangersare frustrating for all. We as a societyhate leaving things open ended, but many who exercise regularly leave outessential parts of their routine – mainly the warm-up and a cool-down. If we compare a workout routine to a story,how can we leave off the beginning and the end?
Warm-ups seem to many like a waste of time. Why spend time walking gently or movingslower when jumping straight into high cardio can burn more calories in lesstime? There is a reason to spend time ata slower pace, and that reason is prevention of injury and proper warming ofthe muscles. With improved flexibilityand better circulation, not only is the body more prepared for upcoming activitybut the benefits of said activity can be enhanced for a more effective workout.
Warming up is especially important in coolerweather. In fact, some experts recommendincreasing the time spent in this part of the workout phase. The body conserves energy in colder weather,and it does this by pulling warmth from the muscles. This warmth must be put back into them inorder to prevent strains and pulls and maximize the effects of physicalactivity.
After a workout, the body is loose and the heartrate is up. If we stop activity withoutsome kind of stretching or slow down, our heart rate has jumped drasticallythen slowed just as dramatically. Thiscan put the cardiovascular system under strain, not to mention lead to injuryin the muscles when they’re not stretched after being strained. Stretching helps reduce injury by easing outtension and increasing blood flow. Itneedn’t take an excessive amount of time, just a few minutes to slow the heartrate and decrease tension in the muscles that were used during activity.
Adding warm-up and cool-down exercises to regularworkout routines will not only keep the body free from injury, but it willimprove the overall effectiveness of the exercises and lead to faster resultsoverall.
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