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Physical warm-up is a combination of exercises performed progressively with the aim of preparing the body at a cardiovascular, osteoarticular, and muscular level for more intense physical effort and to reduce the risk of injury.
Most warm-up sessions usually last between 15 and 30 minutes, which gives the person enough time to be physically and mentally ready.
These are some effects and benefits of warming up:
- It increases blood flow to the muscles, which helps supply them with nutrients and oxygen.
- Raises body temperature, thus allowing muscles and tendons to adapt to greater movements and efforts, and this way the risk of muscle and tendon injuries is reduced.
- It improves lung activity and the transmission of nerve impulses.
- Each warm-up should include muscle stretching, as this improves flexibility and increases range of motion.
- Warming up stimulates coordination and balance.
- It increases psychic and cognitive abilities, such as attention, concentration, and information processing.
All these effects and benefits help improve physical performance. Therefore, it’s very important to warm up properly before exercising or playing a sport.