28/05/2020

Why your warm-up and cool-down are the essential parts of your workout

Our bodies are designed to move, and regular exercise helps us to be fit and healthy, but how can you boost your performance and reduce the risk of injury?

The answer is to allow time for a warm-up before exercising and to cool down after the workout. Let’s face it, we have all skipped this part of the process and may have experienced no noticeable adverse effects, so why bother?

Warming up the body

Light exercises and stretches gradually set the body into motion. They start to increase the blood flow to the muscles, get the joints moving and help you to prepare mentally. Allowing time to warm-up means that your body is more supple, your mind focused, and your muscles prepared to channel energy. This will boost performance and reduce the risk of injury.

Cooling down the body

At the end of a workout, cooling down exercises will help your body to readjust. Slowly decreasing movement, heart rate and blood pressure can prevent dizziness and delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). A warm body provides an excellent opportunity to stretch and increase your flexibility. Again, these actions boost performance and reduce the risk of injury during your next workout.

Understanding and applying the science of sport

Our Sports Rehabilitation courses provide students with a detailed understanding of the human body. They explore how and what the body needs to deliver and sustain peak performance. Through academic and practical learning, they investigate the impact of mental and physical preparation.

 

For some people, the warm-up phase is all the exercise that they can manage. Sports science ensures our students understand how to maximise the benefits when people are recovering from injury, elderly or unfit.

 

Buzzing with a passion for sport, a fascination in the human body and the drive to help others to reach their physical potential? Are you our next successful Sports degree applicant?

 

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