The Importance Of Warming Up And Cooling Down

If there’s one thing that I forget (on purpose) to do is; warming
up before a workout and then cooling down.
 I don’t tend to be as bad at warming
up (I do, do some glute activation exercises, coming to a blog post near you
) but cooling down….
When I’ve finished my workout, I usually sprint for the exit
doors, heading down into the stretch area sounds like something straight outta
I know, and I’m sure you know that by both warming up and cooling
down, we are minimising our chances of hurting ourselves whilst working out and
warding off the dreaded doms.

 Warming Up



Warming up is essential to our workouts, doing this prepares our
muscles to be used in ways that we don’t usually use them 24/7, and also helps
to get the blood pumping around your body, which we all know is necessary.
Getting that blood flowing thought o the muscles really helps to loosen them up
and is a lot safer for you then from taking them to 0 to 10 in the space of
You wouldn’t put food in a cold oven and expect it to be cooked in the
same amount of time as a fully heated over, so let’s try not to do the same to
our bodies.
A quick five-minute session of cardio (I don’t mean intense
cardio, I would leave the gym at this point
) including some jogging on the spot
or a minute of jumping jacks combined with some marching will really make a
massive difference to your body.

My Warming up schedule –

Jogging/marching for one minute followed by one minute of jumping
jacks. Repeat twice for four minutes.

 Cooling Down



The bit I struggle with the most.
 By the end of the workout,
when the ending (and food) is in sight, the last thing I ever want to do is a
stretch. But it really is so essential to creating those long lean muscles that
we’ve been working so hard on.
Stretching out your muscles helps to bring that heart rate back
down, and allows all that tension and stress to simply disappear from your
body. Stretching is a great way of really focusing on your breathing
(especially if like me, you take no notice of it) and gives you that five
minutes peace and quiet.
Most the time I am rushing out of the gym, and I’m not quite sure


Allow yourself that time to just spend quietly with yourself,
whilst at the same time releasing the stress away from your muscles.

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  1. October 23, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    You're absolutely right, it's so important to warm up before working out and warming down, often we forget to do it but the muscles will thank us for doing so.

    I love to take a warm bath to calm muscles after a workout 🙂

    Great post, loving your fitness posts!

    Laura xo

  2. November 1, 2017 / 8:51 pm

    Completely agree. My current muscular problems are the result of years of ignoring cool downs and I very much regret it. Muscular discomfort and tension affect me every day. Great post and good work for getting the message out there.

    Amy. X

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