Part 1: What is a Warm-Up?

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To begin, let’s first discuss what a warm up is:

A warm-up is defined as preparatory movements, which raise muscle and total body temperature, performed to prepare for vigorous exercise (Baechle & Earle, 2000).

To further deepen this concept, let’s now look at some of the common misconceptions about warm ups:

Click here to learn about: Common Misconceptions

Consequences of omitting warm ups

Passing up your warm up can be detrimental to your health and to your overall performance. Here is some of the possible consequences of omitting warm ups:

-    Muscle cramps
-    Tight muscles
-    Decreased stamina
-    Sprains/Strains
-    Premature fatigue
-    Headaches
-    Higher risk of heart attack
-    Lower respiratory rate

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