Many people ask do I really need to do warm up before workout? Can’t I just start with Cardio?
Well, the answer is Warm-up is very essential before workout. Doing Cardio and warm up are 2 different things. Cardio is an actual workout session, where as warm up is a preparatory session. You also need some warming up before cardio workout.
In Warm up, the body is prepared to perform a task. Before you grab the dumbell, barbell and before you pile on the plates, you need to warm up your body to perform your best every time.
A great warm-up readies your body and nervous system for a hard workout, eliminates your weak links, and improves your movement quality. Warm up gets the blood flowing, clears waste from your muscles, brings fluids to your joints, and opens your body.
The minimum of 10 min warm up is essential for our body to get started for efficient workout. Some more benefits of warm up include:
- Increased circulation of blood through your tissues, making the muscles more flexible.
- Increased delivery of oxygen and nutrients to your muscles. This prevents you from getting out of breath early or too easily.
- Prepares your muscles for stretching and heavy weight activities.
- Prepares your cardio vascular system for an increase in activity, preventing a rapid increase in blood pressure
- Prepares you mentally and physically for the upcoming exercise
- Clears your nerve-to-muscle pathways to be ready for exercise
- Improves coordination and reaction refluxes