by Anne Trueman on  September 2, 2013 at 11:03 AM Health In Focus
Do You Need Warm Up Before a Workout Regime?
It is believed that warm up is essential before starting a workout session. But recently, studies in fitness science have shattered the previously established norms. Some researches have revealed that warm up or stretching exercises retard the speed of athletes.

Experts say that such warm up sessions had negative effects on the height acquired by the sportsmen in high jump.

Recently, two studies were assessed to understand the actual reasons for evading stretching exercises. A study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research highlighted that you end up feeling lethargic and fatigued by doing stretching workouts before weight regimes.

Another study from Croatia that was published in The Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports also expressed similar views.

The conclusion drawn from both the studies was that static or stretching exercises are quite irrelevant and unnecessary before starting a rigorous workout regime.

In a study conducted at the University of Zagreb, a number of volunteers did stretching exercises and then did heavy workouts such as jumping, weight lifting and dunking.

The Croatian scientists included warm-up exercise without jogging or any other active warm up.

It was noticed that static exercises diminished strength of stretched muscles by around 5.5 percent. However, this effect was significantly reduced if stretching was done for less than 45 seconds.

Another study, on the other hand, supported warm up exercises before any workout regime. Dr. Goran Makovic, the professor of kinesiology at the University of Zagreb, favored warm up before doing heavy workout sessions to enhance performance and reduce the risk of injury.

He suggested that warm up should be done in accordance with the muscles you would concentrate in your exercise regime.

Source: Medindia

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