Getting your body warmed up is a really important part of any workout, whether you are going for a big run or getting out onto the court. Warming up your body is one of the best ways to avoid injury, but it can be easily overlooked, which can put a strain on your body. You don’t need to do a full-on program before your workout or game, but getting your body ready for what is ahead will get the most out of your efforts.
Often during our work and play, we pick up a lot of tension that we carry in our body in the form of energy that is stagnant. One excellent way to release this energy is to take a few deep breaths. This is a simple way of clearing and cleaning the tension from the body through penetrating breath intention. Start with breathing in, to the count of 3 and exhaling to the count of 3. Then on your next breath, do it to the count of 4 and continue breathing to the count of 4. Breathe in…. 1… 2… 3… Breathe out… 1… 2… 3… Breathe in… 1… 2… 3… 4… Breathe out… 1… 2… 3… 4… Repeat
Getting your heart pumping is a great way to warm up your whole system and can be done very easily with a few simple actions. Try starting with running on the spot, keeping your knees up (for a few minutes). Then do 10 star jumps. Repeat as needed.
Stretching your muscles and tendons is a gentle way to get your body warmed up before you play. This can be done by using a few yoga moves such as the sun salute, and then sitting on the ground and stretching the muscles throughout your body. Learning a few simple stretches that you can incorporate into your pre-game workout will assist your body in being prepared for the work that it is about to do during the game, or workout.
Practice Your Moves
An excellent way to prepare for the particular sport that you are about to play is to practice doing what you will need to do during the game. If it is basketball, then shoot a few hoops, or bounce the ball to a fellow team mate. Whatever sport you are doing will indicate the moves that you need to do during your warm up. At Salisbury Super Sports we encourage all of our players to do appropriate warm ups before they play to minimise injury and to help them get the most out of their game.