The Importance Of Warming Up For Muscle Recovery

The Importance Of Warming Up For Muscle Recovery  

It goes without saying that warming up before exercising is essential to ensure you are ready to tackle your workout. Warming up not only helps to prepare your body for exercise, but it also increases your heart rate, loosens your muscles and increases your overall body temperature.  

When your blood flow increases, it escalates the amount of oxygen being delivered to your muscles, which is vital for athletes to reach their peak performance. So, why is this so important? First, we need to understand why our muscles need oxygen to recover optimally.  

Increasing oxygen supply for muscle recovery  

Our muscles need additional oxygen during exercise as it helps to remove metabolic waste and repair muscle fibres. During exercise, the body produces lactic acid, which is a metabolic waste product that can build up in the muscle tissue and cause fatigue. You may often experience a build-up of lactic acid when you don’t stretch before and after your sessions, leaving you sore the following days after exercise.  
Therefore, when you warm up, the body increases the amount of oxygen delivered to the muscles, which can help to break down the lactic acid, allowing the body to recover more effectively.  

In addition to this, oxygen is also important for repairing muscle fibres, as it helps to promote the regeneration of the muscles. Without the additional oxygen, the muscle fibres would not be able to repair themselves, leading to decreased performance and potential injury.  

What exercises should I perform when warming up?   

When warming up, it’s important to focus on dynamic exercises that mimic the movements that you’ll be doing in your workout. For example, if you’re planning a strength-training workout, you’ll want to focus on dynamic exercises such as arm circles, squats, and lunges to warm up those muscles. However, when performing cardio-based workouts, you should focus on exercises, such as jogging, jumping jacks, and high knees.   

It’s important to take your time when warming up – don’t rush it! Taking the time to warm up properly will help you to get the most out of your workout and reduce the risk of injury. 

Elin, is an alumni of St. Edward’s University and holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Kinesiology, furthered her academic journey by attaining a Doctor of Physiotherapy from Macquarie University in 2022.

Her passion for sports, particularly football (soccer), is evident in both her academic pursuits and personal endeavors. Specialising in the comprehensive well-being of athletes, Elin focuses on restoring them to peak performance while actively preventing future injuries.

Elin’s professional expertise is centered on musculoskeletal rehabilitation, with a specific emphasis on addressing and preventing knee injuries. Her approach integrates expert treatment with a commitment to educating and empowering patients, fostering their active involvement in enhancing their health and overall quality of life.

As an active participant in NPL football with SD Raiders, Elin brings firsthand experience and a profound understanding of the sport’s demands. Beyond the field, she extends her influence by contributing sports coverage over the weekends.

Christopher (Chris) Han graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy, and then completed the Doctor of Physiotherapy program at Macquarie University in 2018. Chris is currently undertaking his PhD at the University of Sydney and Institute for Musculoskeletal Health in the field of low back pain and is due to complete this in early 2024. 

Chris is currently an assistant Physiotherapist for the NRL Referees. Chris has previous experience as the head Physiotherapist at Panthers Premier League Netball and a number of elite sporting athletes in the private setting.

Through Chris’ experiences, he has a particular interest in all areas of the body and musculoskeletal physiotherapy, sports, vestibular rehabilitation, and Men’s Health (pre and post prostate surgery).

Suzanne graduated from Western Sydney University with a Bachelor of Health Science (Sports and Exercise Science) in 2015. She then went on to continue her studies at Macquarie University graduating from the Doctor of Physiotherapy post-graduate degree in June 2019.

Since graduating, Suzanne has worked in the local Penrith area in both private practice and Sports Physiotherapy. Suzanne has worked with sporting teams including Penrith District Netball Association, Mt Druitt Rangers (NPL), Penrith Valley Figure Skating Club, and local dance and cheer schools. 

Suzanne has a particular interest in working with artistic athletes including cheerleaders and dancers. She has a professional background in both cheer and dance and has previously worked as both a cheer coach and dance teacher. Suzanne’s previous experiences are an invaluable resource to her as a physiotherapist, as she has a thorough understanding of the level of physical fitness and skill acquisition that these athletes must have in order to be successful on stage and in competition.

Suzanne’s other areas of clinical interest reside in lower limb musculoskeletal injuries, spinal pathologies and women’s health.

Nathanial graduated as a physiotherapist in 2012 which saw him work in private practice and hospital settings gaining experience in all areas of physiotherapy including hand therapy, splinting/casting, pre/post-operative care, Men’s Health and general musculoskeletal, occupational and sports physiotherapy. Since then he has gone on to complete further studies in physiotherapy enabling him to be the only dual titled Musculoskeletal, Sports and Exercise Physiotherapist in Penrith.

Nathanial has a strong background in sports physiotherapy achieving accreditation with NSWIS as a service provider and working with many elite sports teams.

Nathanial has a particular interest in working with elite athletes, complex cases and in particular assessment and management of knee, hip and shoulder pain.

Andrea graduated from the Australian Catholic University completing her Bachelor of Exercise and Sports Science in 2018 and Master’s of Clinical Exercise Physiology in 2020. After graduating she attained accreditation with ESSA as an Exercise Physiologist.

During her studies she gained clinical experience in both hospital and private practice settings, in cardiac rehabilitation, neurological conditions, cancer and chronic musculoskeletal injuries.

Since working at Progressive, Andrea has a specialist interest in treating musculoskeletal injuries, helping people in the mid-late stage of rehab to get them to return to sport or work. As well as helping people manage chronic conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis and diabetes.