NextLevelSports: Why Warming Up Before Exercise Is Important

The Newsletter About Your Health And Caring For Your Body NEWSLETTER EVERYTHING YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT PROPER WARM-UPS

Whether you’re a weekend warrior or dedicated athlete, warming up before participating in any form of physical activity is extremely important. We always hear about the crucial aspect of proper warm-ups, but why exactly are they so crucial? Well, the truth is that while it may not seem like it at the time, warming up the body before engaging in exercise of any sort can pose several benefits. If you are a fitness enthusiast who is looking to enhance their warm-up routine, contact Next Level Physio today. (continued inside)

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Warming up can make all the difference for those who are aging and active. As we age, our bodies simply aren’t as limber as they used to be – putting us at risk for exercise-related injuries.Properwarm-upsareagreat resource for thosewhostillwant to remainactivebutmaybeprone to injuriesoratahigher riskofdeveloping injuries. A physical therapist can help you figure out where your problem areas are, so you can perform the correct warm-up routine for your needs. A routine that consists of a combination of exercises, stretches, and pain-relieving techniques that target areas where injuries are likely to occur is one of the best ways to avoid injury in the aging and active adult. Additionally, your physical therapist can also help you target poor techniques and correct them. They will focus more on the areas of your body that are repeatedly stressed and overused by your sport or exercise, thus determining your likelihood of injury and suggesting the best warm-up techniques for keeping you safe during physical activity. Call us today to learn more how we can help you!

(continued from outside) The importanceofproperwarm-ups. Stretchingandproperwarm-upsbeforeexercise are arguably most important in helping your body avoid injury. As an athlete, we understand that one of your primary goals is staying healthy so you can participate in your sport or exercise of choice. Our physical therapists at Next Level Physio can teach you warm up routines that utilize light weights, resistance bands, or targeted stretches to get your body ready forphysicalactivity.Some lightcardiocanalsobebeneficial inyourwarm-up routine, as thegoal is tohaveyour muscles warmand loosenedup.When thishappens, your muscle cells become oxygenated and ready to work. A physical therapist can guide and assist you in perfecting your warm-up routine, similar to a personal trainer. Maintaining proper form during your warm-ups is just as important as maintaining it during your main exercise, and is one of the main keys to avoiding injury. Your physical therapist will analyze your form to make sure you’re doing everything correctly in order to maximize results during your workout and help you get the most out of it.

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Additional Benefits Of Warming Up Before Exercise

While injury prevention is the main benefit, there are many ways that warming up helps your body. Some additional benefits include: • Reducing muscle tension. When your body isn’t warmed up, it becomes tense and tight. Tense and tight muscles have restricted blood flow and may not activate as effectively. Stretching and light exercises before a workout helps to alleviate this tension and help muscles expand and contract more efficiently. • Increasing range of motion in your joints. Joints that move better, work better! Warming up helps your joints move fluidly and throughout their full range of motion. This improves movement efficiency and function, which means better performance. • Improving circulation. In addition to improving muscle mechanics, the enhanced circulation that warm-ups bring can also accelerate the recovery of painful areas, reduce post-workout soreness, and increase your energy levels. • Helping with stress relief. There's a strong link between physical tension and mental tension. By alleviating physical tension with a consistent warm-up routine, you can ease psychological stress, too. Plus, evidence shows that (dynamic) stretching and/or participating in light exercises before a workout improves your "psychological readiness" and helps you get your head in the game. Ready to get started? Contact us today! All in all, adopting a proper warm-up routine before participating in strenuous physical activity is a small-time investment for a long-term benefit. If you have any questions about how to warm up properly and how we can help, contact Next Level Physio today.

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Our philosophy comes down to three words: MOVE. EXCEL. INSPIRE.

Through individualized therapy and conditioning, we work with our patients and clients to help them MOVE correctly, painlessly, and skillfully. Our strengthening, conditioning, and performance coaching help them EXCEL to the next level of their sport and other pursuits. Finally, as our patients and clients reach their aspirations, we encourage them to INSPIRE others along the way to set new goals and reach for higher heights. When an athlete is injured or if he or she is suffering from a chronic issue, physical therapy is necessary for rehabilitation. But every athlete is different and physical therapy is not a one-size-fits-all solution. At Next Level, we work individually with all of our athletes to build a physical profile, identify underlying issues, and create a specialized plan to put each patient on the path to healing. Beyond our hands-on approach to healing, what really sets us apart as a physical therapy clinic is that we don’t believe the partnership should end when the pain does. We partner with athletes to develop healthy lifestyles and design exercise regimens in order to prevent reinjury. This level of physical therapy is unparalleled in the industry and underscores our commitment to full body care.

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