7 warm up tips

Most sports injuries are preventable. A significant proportion of the muscular problems we treat could have been avoided by warming up properly first.

The reasons for warming up are straightforward:

It increases the flow of blood to muscles, which heats up the body. This means that you are less likely to overheat when you start exercising, and this is when muscles are most likely to take on strain that they can’t bear.

  1. A good warm up only needs to take 15 minutes.
  2. Start with a brisk walk or light jog.
  3. Step up gradually from gentle to brisk movements.
  4. Concentrate on movements related to the exercise that will follow (like swinging a golf club or tennis racket)
  5. Stretch gently once the body has warmed up; each stretch should last for thirty seconds.
  6. Open up your lungs with slow deep breaths.
  7. Remember that it takes longer to warm up on a cold day; warm clothes will help.