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The Importance of Warming Up Before Your Workout

Published by Dr. Alden Clendenin

We all know what it’s like to show up late for a group workout or fitness class, and have no choice but to jump right into exercise without a proper warm-up. In the interest of time, many of us probably even start running immediately after stepping foot outside of our homes. Although it feels easy to skip, here are some of the reasons your Chicago chiropractor always recommends warming up before exercise.

Enhanced Performance

No matter what the goal of your workout is, you’re probably looking to get the most out of it as you possibly can. A great way to do so is by taking the time to warm up properly, as this can greatly improve performance. Approximately 10 to 12 minutes of total body exercise can bring up to 75% increased blood flow, and open your capillaries. When increased blood flow makes its way to our muscles, muscle temperature goes up, and hemoglobin releases oxygen at a higher temperature. Simply put, more blood flow and oxygen means better performance.

Injury Prevention

While scientific studies on linking warming up with injury prevention are difficult to administer, historical data shows that warming up before exercise causes less stress on the muscles of the body, especially the heart. There is no specific evidence as to how much warm-up time is needed before a workout or race, but most recommendations are in the 10 to 20 minute range.

If you are prone to acute injuries such as hamstring strains, warming up before exercise is a great way to help prevent an untimely visit to the chiropractor in Chicago. Also, if you enjoy more static sports such as golf or cricket, it’s a good idea to stretch throughout the game, and if you are ever a substitute for your sport, be sure to stay warm on the sidelines!

For more information about how to prevent or treat sports injuries, contact your Chicago chiropractor at Sports Injury Centers.

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