Reaping the Benefits of Warming Up

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Most people like to jump into the workout pool without getting their feet wet first. They want to start exercising without warming up. They want to get right to it, get the ball rolling, finish, and not look back. What they don't realize is that warming up has some real advantages, both physical and mental. You've heard it before: Warming up is recommended no matter what kind of exercise you intend to do. In yoga with weights, warming up is especially important, because yoga with weights works your muscles and joints more than other exercise programs.

What's that crackling sound?

When you stretch, you may hear a cracking sound in your joints and muscles. To see what we mean, try rolling your head from your chest to your shoulder to your back to your other shoulder and to your chest again. Do you hear a crackling noise?

What you're hearing is the sound of synovial fluid— the fluid found in joints and tendon sheaths — breaking up. The fluid acts as a kind of lubricant to enable your limbs to move in their sockets. When your joints are stiff, the synovial fluid gets stuck, but moving your joints and limbs breaks up the deposits. Over time, if you stick with yoga with weights, the excessive crackling noise starts to diminish along with the synovial fluid deposits, keeping things fluid and free in movement.

Here are some of the advantages of warming up:

1 Warming up helps prevent injuries. Preparing your muscles, tendons, and ligaments makes them more flexible and less susceptible to injury. You ready them to perform the dynamic yoga-with-weights exercises that follow.

1 Warming up coaxes your body into flexibility. It makes your body more supple and mobile. Your joints and muscles are better able to move through their full ranges of motion.

i Warming up promotes a natural release of synovial fluid into the joints. As we explain in the "What's that crackling sound?" sidebar, synovial fluid acts as a lubricant to cushion your joints and help make your limbs more flexible.

i Warming up, like the exercises themselves, helps stimulate the flow of blood — and of oxygen — to your muscles. This makes your body warmer and your muscles more pliable. In other words, you get a better workout.

1 Warming up slows you down and brings you into the moment. You start to focus on moving your body, which prepares you for the full workout to come. In other words, being present mentally as you start gives you confidence to rock-and-roll right into the exercises.

^¡¡JStretching is a process-oriented activity. It isn't about how far or how hard you .JTN stretch. Stretching is really about the journey and finding out how to coax your muscles into better and deeper stretches. You have to realize that to stretch a muscle, it must be relaxed.

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