Warming up the right way.
At Hayes Family Chiropractic, we believe that exercise should be a fluid activity and this begins with the warm up. Rather than jolting your muscles into action with a quick warm up or no warm up at all, we want to focus on easing them into the swing of motion gently. Think of your muscles as being contracted when you initiate a work out: in order to loosen them up, we need to add heat. The best way to do this is by slowly raising your body temperature so that muscles naturally warm and loosen. This gives you optimal range of motion and prevents the kind of injury that occurs when you apply stress to an overly tight muscle.
Dynamic stretching is the right way to warm up.
Dynamic stretching is the kind that combines momentum from movement with static-active stretching in order to transition your muscles from cold and contracted to warm and ready. Whether you are going to lift weights, play sports or pursue light cardiovascular exercise, this is the warm up that will activate all the muscles you will need during your work out.
- Improves range of motion
- Improves coordination and overall performance
- Boosts power
- Helps muscles to contract and relax easier
Often, dynamic stretches include a standard stretch with a movement adjoined to it: for example, the lunge with a twist, or hip stretch with a twist. These are easily learned movements that ensure your body is primed and ready for the work out ahead.
Hayes Family Chiropractic is your resource for improving athletic performance.
We support all of your athletic endeavors, and begin by addressing any physical limitations that may be holding you back. By ensuring the proper alignment of your spine, treating tense muscles and improving range of motion, we help your body stay in top physical shape. Give our office in Dunedin a call to schedule an appointment today.
Dr. Chris Hayes, D.C.