Playing a gym sport could be exciting and fun, but we should be aware that in any sport, we should also remember that injuries may occur. Warming up is an essential part of any overall workout or any game. Proper warm-up gets your blood pumping to your muscle tissue and joints as well as increases your metabolic rate in preparation for an intense activity. Warming up doesn’t really take too much time, it only takes around 5 – 10 minutes just to keep yourself safe.
Warming up for a gym sport can be done in many ways. One is through the use of home gym machines. A usual warm-up involves cardio exercises and home gym machines such as a stationary bike or a treadmill can provide you those services. Exercises on these machines such as walking briskly, jogging or biking increases your heart rate and breaks a sweat, although you must also keep the intensity to a minimum to avoid injury.
If workout machines are not available, you can also use simple cheap equipment that can help you warm up, a jump rope would be a good choice. Jump ropes are very effective for warm-ups but if in high intensity, it becomes a workout. While spinning the rope using your wrist, you should use different footwork such as keeping your two feet together, one foot at a time, raising a knee or maybe moving your two feet from side to side. A gym ball is also a great choice for the upper and lower-body muscles and for cardio workouts.
If none of the above mentions are not available for a gym sport warm-up, you can be resourceful by using your own body. Jumping jacks is a great way of pumping up your entire body. You can start by standing up with feet apart and hands on your side. Then start jumping, raising your arms and hands above your head and bringing your feet apart double its width. Then jump again, returning to your previous position. Do at least 20 – 30 reps for two sets.
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