Why You Need to Always Warm Up
According to Mosher, warm-up exercises are important for three reasons: They increase blood flow to the muscles (delivering the nutrients and oxygen needed for a workout), boost nerve conduction to the muscles (helping with your speed and coordination), and stimulate synovial fluid – the liquid that lubricates and protects your joints from wear and tear.
And the first step to a warm-up is getting in the zone. “[Don’t] stop your warm-up to check your phone for texts, status updates, or funny videos,” Mosher says. “Starting and stopping will not only set you up for failure because of the lack of concentration, but also extend a warm-up beyond what is needed.” At the very least, never skip your warm-up. “If you don’t have time to warm-up, you don’t have time to train.”
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