Squeezing a workout into a busy day is a real challenge. It is no surprise. When Triangle exercisers are short on time, the warm up is often skipped. However, preparation is an important part of any Fit for Life 24 workout routine and serves several useful purposes.
Our Fit For Life 24 personal trainers share these four important reasons why getting ready for a workout can be just as important as the workout itself:
- Warming up enhances performance: Getting the body warmed up increases blood flow and body temperature, boosting the benefits of any workout. Increased blood and oxygen to the muscles means better performance, and a higher temperature means that muscles can contract and relax faster.
- Warming up may prevent injury: A brief warm up prepares the body for more strenuous exercise, minimizing the potential for muscle tears and other injuries. Again, increasing blood flow to the muscles better prepares them for the harder work to come.
- Warming up slowly increasing heart rate: Warming up gets the heart pumping, and for good reason. Gradually preparing the cardiovascular system for an increase in activity helps prevent a sudden increase in blood pressure.
- Warming up prepares both mind and body: Warming up does more than prepare the body; it also helps our Fit for Life 24 members to get in the right frame of mind to successfully complete a workout. Taking a few minutes to get pumped up and optimistic about the hard work ahead can help maintain motivation throughout the exercise session.
Just because time is so valuable in everyone’s schedule, it does not mean that the warm up should be eliminated. Five minutes are all most people need to benefit from a low or moderate intense workout. For more strenuous exercises, ten minutes is ideal. The best part is that any pre-fitness conditioning is simple. It can be as easy as performing a lower intensity version of the intended exercise.
If our members need assistance in pre-exercise preparation, our personal trainers can help design the ideal warm up, cool down, and entire workout routine? Call or stop in to Fit for Life 24 in Apex today and let our knowledgeable and experienced personal trainers assess your fitness plan here in Apex!
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Apex Fit for Life 24
809 Perry Road
Apex NC 27502
919 629 6212
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