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How To Warm Up Before Exercising - Olympic Stretches
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How to Warm Up Before Exercising  -  Olympic Stretches

Warming up is probably one of the most important thing to do before you conduct any movement in your body. Even upon waking up, warming up your body would allow you to reduce the stiffness as well as the lethargic feeling. With that said, warming up before exercising will no doubt improve your performance by improving your circulation, reflexes as well as reduce injury.

But what is the right way on how to warm up before exercising properly?

If you have only been doing static stretches such as the hamstring stretch, or a quad stretch and holding them for about 20 seconds just before you exercise, i suggest you CONTINUE to read this article.

Recent studies have shown that static stretches may actually impair your performance. This is because there may actually be a tendency to overstretch your muscles, thus weakening your performance. You may even feel that you are able to stretch farther after holding a stretch. However, what this does is only to increase your mental tolerance for the discomfort of the stretch.

Just like the word warm up, the best way to actually warm up, is to literally make your body warm. This is through increasing your body heat and blood flow through various exercises. By heating up your body, your dilated blood vessels are able to pull oxygen more efficiently so as to store muscle fuel more effectively.

Besides this, warming up is also about getting your body started. Which is what many athletes forget, where they place so much emphasis on warming up that it becomes too intense. Besides this, another common mistake athletes make is to warm up too early, where it was found that athletes who warmed up and sat on the bench for 30 mins tend to have lower backs that were more stiff as compared to before they warmed up.

So what really is the best way to warm up? How to warm up before exercising properly? The answer to that is dynamic stretching. Dynamic stretching refers to stretching which mimics the motions that you would go through when you start your workout/sport. According to Terrence Mahon, the coach to the American Olympic marathoners, dynamic stretching is able to provide a range of motion exercises that activate all of the joints and tissue in your body, to prepare for the any tasks ahead.

With that said, START WARMING UP CORRECTLY! Static exercise does little or nothing to help you warm up. What you need is a warm up which prepares you for the actual sport that you about to conduct. The key to that would be dynamic stretching.


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Never thought about this. Thanks for the insight!

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