Why is it important to warm up before exercising?

Warming up before a workout, run, or game provides important benefits, both physical and mental.

A warm-up routine featuring some stretching and light cardio helps prepare you for more vigorous, explosive exercise that puts more stress on your body. It allows you to raise your body temperature, heart rate, and blood flow gradually under safe and controlled conditions; thrusting yourself directly into high-octane exercise without a warm up can increase your risk of sudden injuries.

Warming up can also provide mental benefits. For many, a brief warm-up session provides focus and helps boost concentration and confidence, and is an important part of preparing for a long run, a big game, or an important dance performance.

For more information on stretches and physical therapy exercises to help prevent foot injuries, or to address an existing injury, please call Massapequa Podiatry Associates at 516-541-9000 today. You can also request an appointment online, and our staff will get in touch with you to schedule.

Dr. Corey Fox
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Director of Massapequa Podiatry Associates