Some people exercise to reduce their risk of various chronic and severe diseases. Other people exercise because they like the endorphin release (also known as the runner's high). Some people exercise as a social event or to help recover from an injury. There's many reasons that one will start an exercise program, but when one begins to exercise, each and every session is very important that one go through a warm-up period. So a warm-up period is a time that you gently start to use the muscles that you're going to be exercising, whether it be by stretching or starting off at a slow walk and gradually increasing it if you're escalating to a full run. But whether it be throwing a baseball at 92 miles an hour or running around the block, the point of doing a warm-up is to start to stretch the muscle fibers- that’s number one.
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Warming up also has to do with one's nutrition in this process. So for example, there are certain vitamins and minerals that help with the warm-up process because they contribute to the process of vasodilation, which is the key component to getting the muscles ready for vigorous exercise. When we think about the nutritional aspects of what it takes to have a successful warm-up period, the two things that lead to mind are MAGNESIUM. Of course, magnesium is a vasodilator, it causes blood vessels to dilate. It relaxes muscles. It makes them more pliable, so that you're less likely to strain it or injure it or tear something. The in rush of the magnesium ions counter balances some of the calcium channels that are important for the biochemical process that allows the muscles to contract.
Another important element in the warm-up period would be NIACIN - a B vitamin that causes direct vasodilation. But unlike magnesium, if somebody isn't used to taking niacin, they can turn bright red and they start to have this itchy, creepy, crawly feeling all over their body as these blood vessels open up and toxins start to move out of the tissues that haven't seen the blood flow in approximately one week or two. To blunt that flushing effect, some recommend taking an aspirin tablet with the niacin or start with a very low dose of niacin.