Simply put it just feels good to be loose and limber before a workout.
Incorporating integrated flexibility training into your program will offer you a ton of great benefits, so if you do not dedicate time to stretching maybe some of the following benefits will convince you, as they range as follows:
Increase stress tolerance
Decreasing recovery time
Injury risk management
A traditional warm-up usually consists of two components: cardio and static stretching.
The first part typically is a few minutes of low cardiorespiratory work by way of skipping rope, jogging, elliptical or bike. This is then followed by the second part which is several minutes of static stretching. Static stretching is a flexibility precaution typically focused on specific areas that relate directly to the movements similar to the activity about to be performed. Static stretching exercises, require you to hold your body position for a predetermined period of time and is routinely recommended by trainers & coaches to improve range of motion.
I happen to however to take a different approach by using a Dynamic warm-up. Warming up dynamically typically is a warm-up of basic body weight exercises for all the major muscle groups. The goal of the dynamic warm-up is to lengthen the muscles, increase heart rate, promote blood flow, heighten muscle and core temperature, and to promote potential sweating. The benefits boost athletic performance by enhancing full body oxygen delivery, increasing the speed of nerve-impulse transmissions, improving your muscles rate of force development, and maximizing strength and power.
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