5 reasons why warming up is important

A good warm up is essential to limit your chances of injury. With swimming using large groups of muscles it is essential that you use efficient movements and maintain a low heart rate so as not to fatigue the body. These 5 tips will give you a good routine to ensure the right outcome.

  1. Warming up helps the body to deliver oxygen to the exercising muscle groups.
  2. Warming up increases body temperature, which reduces the chance for muscle and tendon injuries.
  3. A 5 minute warm-up increases blood flow to the exercising muscles. A greater level of blood reaching the muscles involved in the activity aids in the delivery of the important fuels (e.g., glucose and free fatty acids) required for energy production.
  4. Warming up increases the suppleness of the muscle, thereby enhancing the mechanical efficiency and power of the exercising muscles.
  5. An appropriate warm-up prepares the cardiovascular system for the upcoming (more strenuous) physical activity. Warming up helps to ensure that the cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels) is given time to adjust to the body’s increased demands for blood and oxygen.


Meryl says 13 February 2014

So how does one warm-up before a swim then? Ta!

Chanel Finnigan says 5 April 2014

Following on from these tips it would be great to have some ideas for an ideal warm-up, whether in the water, stretches beforehand or a combination of both.

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