A common misconception when it comes to exercising is that you need to stretch before warming up. In reality, you need to warm up before stretching to avoid cramp, muscle strain and ligament damage.
Warm-ups can consist of anything from a light cardiovascular workout like jogging, walking or cycling. The purpose of warming up before stretching is to allow blood to flow rapidly from the heart to your muscles, in order for them to function in the best way possible.
What will you do in a warm-up?
While warm-ups typically include light cardiovascular exercises, it’s not uncommon for strength and conditioning drills to be included. Cardiovascular exercises will increase blood flow and circulation, while also increasing the heart rate.
Why you should warm up before stretching or exercising
Typically, a warm-up will prepare your body for the activity that is to come. The type of warm-up should be based around the sport or exercise you are about to do. By warming up your body before stretching, you allow your body to rid itself of the tension and tightness that might have been there from the previous exercise, lack of use or from cold weather. Cricketers often suffer injuries during games because their muscles grow stiff, so it’s important to warm up correctly and thoroughly.
What should the length of a warm-up be?
When you warm up before stretching, it should last for 20-30 minutes, giving your body time to prepare for the physical activity to come.
The essential thing to remember is that a warm-up is an attempt to prevent injuries, so you don’t want to do it incorrectly and risk hurting yourself. Injuries like hamstring strains and groin tears are common when stretching has not been done correctly. It’s always wise to stretch in lulls in action in sport. In football, for example, when there is a lengthy stoppage, take the time to stretch and help yourself avoid painful injuries.
How to claim if you sustain an injury due to negligence
If you’re training under a personal trainer or coach, and they failed to prepare you for your gym workout and you sustained an injury that affects the way you live, contact us to see if you can claim compensation. Call our 24/7 helpline on 0800 689 0500 or give us a call from your mobile on 0333 500 0993. You can also take a 30-second test online to see if you are eligible for compensation.
Date Published: February 6, 2017
Author: Accident Advice