Warming Up for Summer

With summer around the corner we have seen many a determined face re-enter our domain after a long winter absence.

Certainly, the lure of the beach calls but not with the winter weight on!

Salisbury Super Sports encourage all our members to keep up their sporting activities throughout the year but there are those few who find the colder, shorter daylight hours a deterrent to enjoying a physical workout.

This is why we want to re-iterate what we have mentioned before about the importance of a warm up prior to playing any physical game or sport before you launch into your summer routine.

So what can you do to get your body ready for a decent game?

Why Warm Up?

Why do we stress the need to warm up so often?

If you have warmed up your body and most importantly your muscles before a game of indoor cricket, soccer, netball or handball at our centre, you are giving yourself the edge over your opponent but, most importantly, allowing your body the opportunity to be prepared to play the game completely injury free.

The most common injuries sustained whilst playing a fast paced game is muscle and ligament strains – if we had a dollar for every time we have heard someone say “I pulled a hammy”. Need we fill in the rest?

Have you noticed what football players of any code do when they are on the sidelines waiting their turn to go out into the field?

They are running, squatting, jumping, and getting a rub down. Whatever it takes to keep those muscles warm, joints loose, blood flowing to the limbs and ready for anything.

Whilst you may not be an A league player, your body will still require a warm up.

Warm Up Tips and Suggestions

A warm up should generally consist of 20 to 30 minutes of gentle exercise.

Start with a nice walk around the block. Once your limbs are used to the regular movement you can increase it to a slow jog.

Why not make plans for the whole team to meet half an hour earlier and go for a walk / jog together? It will give you an opportunity to catch up with each other’s news and to let you get rid of any “rubbish” you have collected as you travel through your day.

You don’t need to knock yourself out – you’ve got a game to play right? So just take it slowly and easy but keep it all moving.