Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Life Gripe: People Who Don't Warm Up or Cool Down Before & After Exercise!

Today, I have a Life Gripe.  People who don't warm up or cool down before and & after exercise.  Do they not know that is the worst thing to do?  Day after day I go to the gym and see people getting on the treadmill  only to take off walking at 4.0 or running right off the bat.  No warm up what so ever.  Are they crazy?  Are they that impatient?  Do they not know the proper way to begin exercise?  What gives?  I don't know why, but it just bothers me.  Perhaps it's because back in the day, I use to study personal training and the one thing that was always pointed out was to WARM UP before any exercise or activity! 

I dispise to hear the excuse you don't have time.  I mean come on, warming and cooling down only takes five minutes, yes five minutes, that's all it takes.  Not warming up makes your exercise session much less efficient and makes you more prone to injuries.  And as for cooling down, it's the same way.  I'll see someone next to me running, walking wide open, then whoop their done so they just stop!  Hop off the ole treadmill and puff, their done.  What's wrong with them!? 

Cooling down is equally important as warming up!  Cooling down allows your heart rate to slowly return to normal and the blood pressure in your body to slowly return to normal.  Not to mention, cooling down is also a great way to reduce mental stress and drift into a state of relaxation. What better way to end you daily workout than in a state of relaxation. 

So all you exercisers out there who don't think it's important, think you don't have time or are just to lazy...get with the program and do your warm up and cool down, if even only two or three minutes, but do it!  If you don't you may regret it with inhibiting your workouts, injuries or much worse.

Today's Life Quote: 

"Lack of activity destroys the good condition of every human being, while movement and methodical physical exercise save it and preserve it." ~Plato

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