9 Reasons You Should Warmup Before You Move

October 13, 2023

A Little Warmup Goes a Long Way

I have to admit that I am not in the habit of warming up before I play tennis, which somehow was ok for a few years. Lately though, if I don’t stretch a least a little bit, I end up incredibly sore the next day, or worse. I’ve discovered through trial and error (years of errors 😏) that I need at least a little something before I jump into something super physical. And amazingly, just a few minutes seriously moves the needle! In case you need more convincing, here are some of the reasons I highly encourage you to warmup before you move: 

  1. Injury Prevention: Warming up gradually increases your heart rate and circulation, which in turn raises your body temperature. This helps make your muscles, tendons, and ligaments more pliable and less prone to injury. Cold, stiff muscles are more susceptible to strains and tears, so a proper warm-up reduces this risk.

  1. Improved Muscle Function: Warming up helps to improve the elasticity and contractility of your muscles. This means your muscles can generate more force and power during your workout, enhancing performance and helping you achieve better results.

  1. Increased Range of Motion: A warm-up routine includes dynamic stretching exercises that promote joint lubrication and increase your range of motion. This can improve your flexibility and posture, making exercises and movements more effective and comfortable.

  1. Mental Preparation: Warming up mentally prepares you for your workout. It allows you to focus on your goals, set intentions, and get into the right mindset. This mental readiness can help you stay motivated and push yourself harder during your workout.

  1. Enhanced Cardiovascular System: Gradually increasing your heart rate during a warm-up helps prepare your cardiovascular system for the demands of exercise. It gradually raises your heart rate, reducing the risk of sudden spikes in blood pressure and potential cardiovascular stress during intense exercise.

  1. Improved Oxygen Delivery: A warm-up increases blood flow to your muscles, which improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients. This can delay the onset of muscle fatigue, allowing you to work out longer and at a higher intensity.

  1. Reduced Muscle Soreness: Warming up can help reduce post-workout muscle soreness (DOMS - Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness). By gradually preparing your muscles and increasing blood flow, you may experience less soreness in the hours and days following your workout.

  1. Better Workout Performance: Overall, warming up primes your body for the specific movements and exercises you'll be performing in your workout. This not only reduces the risk of injury but also allows you to perform at your best, making your workouts more efficient and productive.

  1. Faster Recovery: A proper warm-up can aid in the recovery process. By increasing circulation and reducing muscle tension, it can help your body recover more quickly after a workout.

The cliff notes: make sure you get that warm up in, baby!! 💪