Warm-ups should be designed to prepare the body for movement and the activities about to take place.
Most warm-up shouldn’t take too long and should work the same muscles we will be engaging during the main activity. They could in very light exercises or a very low-level simulated version of the training about to take place.
Examples of warm-ups
- if you are doing a physical intervention class include light arm and leg movements.
- if you are about to lift weights, do a few lifts with very light weights.
- if you are preparing for a run start with a slow jog.
A warm-up allows you to gradually increase your heart rate, breathing, and body temperature, which in turn increases blood flow to the muscles.
Warm-up first, followed by stretching and ensuring the body feels relaxed will assist with mentally preparing you and others for the lesson about to take place. On most work-related courses this will be around the use of non-pain related techniques and skills!
Does jogging have a place in a physical intervention ward-up?
Never say never…but!