While maintaining a workout routine is key to living a healthy lifestyle, properly warming up before exercising is essential to warding off unwanted injuries. Even though a ballet barre workout is low impact, forgoing a well rounded stretching regiment can have a negative effect on your fitness level which may end up hurting your goal of living a healthy lifestyle. Unfortunately, there are many misconception surrounding what constitutes as a proper warm up. To help you perform a suitable warm up routine before using your freestanding ballet barre, we have listed the most important concepts behind correctly preparing for your next ballet inspired workout.
Get Your Heart Pumping
When it comes to warming up, many people mistake stretching as the complete
package, when in fact, stretching is only part of the warming up process.
Priming your muscles for a workout begins with accelerating your heart rate and
getting your blood flowing. You can accomplish that by jogging briskly, jumping
in place, or performing any activity that slightly picks up your heart rate.
The goal of any warm up is to communicate to your body that you are about to go
through a vigorous workout.
Stretch Don't Strain
Once you've got your blood flowing, you can begin the next step of warming
up. Stretching your tendons, ligaments, and muscles helps prepare them for the
more strenuous extension exercises you will perform on your ballet barre.
There are two critical points you must remember as you carryout your stretching
routine. The first is don't force your stretches. You are trying to ready your
body for your workout, not overextend your muscles, which can ultimately lead
to an injury. The second is don't bounce into your stretches. There was a time
when bouncing was encouraged but in today's fitness world, bouncing equals less
control over your muscles which can result in you getting hurt. While
stretching is critical to a successful workout, you must refrain from
overexerting your muscles.
Don't Push Your Hold Time
Holding a stretch for too long is a common mistake. Many individuals believe
the longer you remain in a position the better the results. Unfortunately, this
misunderstood concept can cause your body damage. Stretching before a workout
should focus on relaxing your muscles not pushing them to the limit. Every
person is different and should time their stretches according to their body's
Jumping into a workout on your portable ballet barre without warming up and
stretching can have a dire effect on your fitness. A proper warm up routine
will help you further your workout results and keep you from injuring yourself.
If you are looking to elevate your fitness level, adding a portable ballet
barre to your home gym can provide you with a unique and effective exercise experience.
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