What About Warm-Ups?

Any active person should do at least five minutes of cardiovascular exercise of low-to-moderate intensity to reduce the risk of injury. If you are already suffering from an injury, your therapist may give you specific stretches to perform prior to, after or separate from exercise.

If you’re interested in higher-level flexibility, consider yoga. Most forms of yoga are safe and effective if done properly. Be aware, though, that certain classes pose more risks than others.

Ashtanga or Power Yoga classes can involve abrupt dynamic movements that are not suitable for anyone with a low level of flexibility. Lower-level yoga classes are more appropriate for those individuals.

Also popular are Bikrim Yoga or "Hot Yoga" classes, which are performed in a room where the temperature is 90 degrees or higher. These classes can be dangerous for people with heart conditions, high blood pressure, diabetes, and other chronic health limitations, particularly during the colder months. Before signing up for these classes, consult your physician.

"Incorporating a good warm up and cool down into every session decreases my chance of injury." Samantha Stosur

 

Posted on June 4, 2015 and filed under fitness.