Hi everyone! Today I’m going to talk about what you should warm up and why before you exercise and why you should cool down when your done.
First warming up your body before doing strenuous work to your muscles will prevent Injury, as well as it will help you perform your exercise better. There are two different ways you can warm up, they are static stretching and dynamic stretching. I’m going to talk about witch one is better for you and why. Static stretching involves pulling on a muscle past it’s original range of motion, and holding resistance on it for a period of time usually 30 seconds or more. Examples of static stretching are stretching your hamstrings, quads, Lats. Static stretching should not be done prior to a weight lifting exercise because it temporarily reduces power and strength. Static stretching should be done post workout to help with recovery, and to regain lost range of motion. Dynamic stretching involves moving through range of motion without resistance, with a moderate to fast tempo. Examples of this would be leg swings, trunk rotations, windmills, bike, treadmill. Dynamic stretching should be done prior to a weight lifting exercise because it helps with mobility, and specific range of motion. It’s a good idea to cool
Down once your finished with your workout, this includes walking on the treadmill with a slow pace. This helps bring your heart rate down, and cool your overall body temperature. It will also help with returning your muscles to their original length and tension and help with tightness/muscle soreness. This is where static stretching works best, include lots of slow gentle movements and gradually stretch and pull on the muscle.