How to warm-up the right way
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WFTX - Are you one of those people who walk into a gym and start stretching your cold and stiff muscles before engaging in exercise?
The “old-school” thinking of static-stretching before exercise is not only unproductive, it’s risky as well.
Stretching a cold muscle not only increases the chances for injury, it also can weaken the muscle a bit before exercising.
You would not start up a cold car in the winter and hit the gas as hard as you could, right?
The most important thing to do before any exercise is a “Dynamic Warm-Up.”
A dynamic warm-up primes the muscles and gets them ready for intense stimulation.
This can be any type of activity that warms the muscles up WHILE stretching them at the same time. The warmer the muscles before exercise, the stronger the muscles will be and the better the chances of no injuries.
The best forms of dynamic warm-ups are jumping rope, jogging, jumping jacks, step-ups, kettle bell swings, medicine ball swings, or anything that increases your internal core body- temperature while stretching your muscles at the same time.
You can then follow-up your workout with a cool-down of static stretching.
For more tips you can email exercise physiologist Michael Stull at firstname.lastname@example.org