Health and fitness are important to most of us and implementing an exercise routine into our daily lives is an accomplishment to be commended. However, it is equally important to remember the benefits of stretching in order to avoid injury.
Stretching and warming up prior to launching into your typical exercises are instrumental in reducing the chances of injury. Preparing your body, both mentally and physically, for your workout is important since it not only warms up your muscles, but also increases your flexibility.
So what type of warm ups should you be doing? Here are some tips to help you get started:
- Remember that not all warm up routines are the same – The goal, no matter the routine, is to increase flexibility in order to decrease the chance of injury. Your warm up routine should be tailored to fit the type of exercise you plan on doing.
- Aim for active warm ups – Avoid trying to warm up cold muscles. What does that mean? Well, lifting your foot onto your porch and stretching your leg out a bit before heading out for a run can actually increase your chance for injury since you are attempting to stretch a cold muscle. Instead you should start with a brisk walk or light job, before moving into your run. An active warm up helps to slowly warm up your muscles as you stretch.
- View stretching as a complement to your exercise routine – Stretching should be considered an important component of your exercise routine since it promotes flexibility and muscle health.
ER-DOX is available throughout Long Island and Brooklyn to treat a wide variety of injuries. We love being trusted with the care of our community members. While we value the trust placed in us, and love to see our patients, we also love helping people avoid injury whenever possible! Remember that proper stretching is key to avoiding workout related injuries.
The information provided on our blog is not meant to replace the care or guidance of your medical provider. If you have specific questions please call or see your professional health care provider.