• The Importance Of Warming Up And Cooling Down
  • 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
    soon!
    ) 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
    hell.
    But..
    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

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    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
    seconds.
    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

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    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
    why.

     

    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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    2 Comments

    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
      http://www.shehearts.net

    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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