3 Reasons Why You Should Be Doing Warm-Ups

When Isaac Newton published his laws of motion more than 300 years ago, he did not have athletic warm-ups in mind, but his first law does a great job explaining why they matter. The first law is about inertia, where a body at rest tends to stay at rest and a body in motion tends to stay in motion.

Your body does not want to do more work or exert more energy than it has to. So, as you get ready for practice and walk to the field, court, rink, gym, or pool, your heart is pumping just hard enough to get just enough blood to your lungs and muscles to get you where you're going. Your body isn't ready to start suddenly running, jumping, or swimming. It's still at rest. Warm-ups are the way to break the inertia and get your body into motion. 

Warm-ups Start the Engine

Warm-ups gradually raise your heart rate and get you breathing a little faster. This increases blood flow to your heart, lungs, and muscles. The increased blood flow feeds your body more oxygen, energy, and nutrients to get ready to perform its best. It also starts the aerobic energy system which is important in any sport where the e