Warming up could be the most important part of your exercise.
If you are short on time, shorten the length of your workout not the warm up. If you get into a workout of any intensity with muscles that aren’t properly warmed up, you are asking for injury. Especially in winter, muscles start out cold and contracted- as body temperature rises during the warm up, muscles warm and loosen, allowing for the best range of motion and preventing injury that would occur when applying stress to an overly tight muscle.
Dynamic stretching is the best kind of warm up.
Dynamic stretching combines the momentum of movement with more traditional static stretches to make the transition from no activity to full activity smooth. Regardless of your chosen exercise type- high intensity interval training or light cardiovascular exercise, dynamic stretching will prepare the proper muscles for movement. Dynamic stretches often look like a standard stretch with an adjoined movement: for example, a hip stretch with a twist or a knee to chest movement.
At Scorca Chiropractic Center, we can show you the dynamic stretching that is best for your activity level.
No matter your fitness level, your muscles and your workout will benefit from a regular dynamic stretching routine. Like chiropractic, dynamic stretching is about optimization. At our office in Fremont, we help your body stay in great shape by devoting our attention to the health of your muscles and spine, improving range of motion and allowing you to excel with your fitness plan!
Dr. Francis Scorca, D.C.