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Warming up helps prepare you for more strenuous exercise, according to "Runner's World" magazine. A typical warmup is similar to your regular exercise routine but generally slower. For example, you might walk or jog for a few minutes before starting a strenuous aerobic activity, or stretch your muscles before lifting heavy weights. Warming up prepares you for exercise by increasing your heart rate, increasing blood flow and improving the suppleness of your muscles. It may help prevent muscle strains and other injuries.
Increases Heart Rate
Aerobic exercise such as brisk walking, jogging or running improves your heart health and may help you live longer, according to an article from National Public Radio. A slower warmup will increase your heart rate at a comfortable pace until you are ready for a more strenuous aerobic workout. Increased heart rate also increases the flow of blood throughout your body. Speak to your doctor before beginning any exercise program, especially if you have any heart problems or other health conditions.
Increases Blood Flow
Warming up brings more blood to your muscles. This supplies them with additional oxygen, energy and nutrients which improve strength and endurance during the more strenuous training that follows, according to HealthGuidance.org.
Makes Muscles More Supple
A warm-up stretch usually makes your muscles more supple and your joints more limber. Stretching also increases muscle performance when you lift weights because it allows you to use a larger percentage of your muscle during each repetition. According to HealthGuidance.org, your muscles will be able to stretch more during resistance training, allowing you to exercise more of the muscle.
Warmed-up muscles are more supple and less prone to injury, according to the National Health Service of England. Warming up allows the body to work more efficiently, which helps prevent injuries and improves the results of your exercise routine. HealthGuidance.org says that warming up reduces the risk of muscle damage due to sudden movements; stretching the spine may reduce your risk of back injuries.