Warm-Up Routines & Cooldown Exercises - Do We Need Them?
In short? Yes. The long answer involves deep diving into professional athletes' pre-game routines. Serena Williams demonstrates her warm-up routine on-court relays and drills before a tennis match. Sha’Carri Richardson incorporates quick full-body warm-up exercises, shaking her limbs and jumping on the spot at the starting line moments before a race. Simone Biles showcases a warm-up routine involving sprints alongside shoulder, wrist and ankle stretching before a knockout floor routine. And the king, LeBron James, his pre-workout stretches sees him sinking buckets while shooting hoops in the lead-up to his next big game.
From tennis to track-and-field, gymnastics to basketball, no athletes would even think to compete or perform without first putting in their warm-up routine, followed by cool-down stretches. It can take discipline, and it’s not always the most enjoyable part of any workout regime. Still, a warm-up routine, alongside cooldown exercises, should be treated as a non-negotiable component of any training routine, whether you’re an all-star, Olympian, an everyday athlete, or someone looking to exercise a little more throughout the week.
Being disciplined enough to commit to a warm-up routine before every workout or training session improves your chances of going the distance and avoiding injury. Devoting your time to a warm-up and cool-down routine helps with strength, flexibility and agility, so your body is placed in the best position to increase fitness, endurance and stamina.