When should I warm up with dynamic movements?
- In the morning (Self-Awakening Yoga)
- Before participating in a sport (Dynamic Warm Up)
Why keep the movement dynamic?
“Warming up” should warm up the body. Therefore we use movements that increase circulation and internal heat which:
- Increases oxygen-carbon dioxide exchange in the muscle tissue helping overall performance and endurance
- Warms the connective tissues
- Increases synovial fluid helping with joint viscosity
- Increases nerve conduction, which means neuromuscular efficiency increases aiding in power, strength, speed, and reaction time
The actions of the dynamic warm up also stimulate the stretch reflex.
What does it take to stay elastic?
- Strength: Muscle tension and fascial tension is stored energy that helps the muscle recoil.
- Flexibility: Greater ROM allows for more power. (Think of an elastic that is too tight to pull back on. It won’t fling anywhere.)
- Muscles that can turn on and off: While going through a full range of motion muscles fire “on” to contract and flex and “off” to release and lengthen. A chronically inhibited muscle (off) relies on a synergistic muscle to do it’s work. It becomes chronically facilitated (on) and we have a hard time turning it off. This is many people’s chronic pain. (A link to come on Somatics later!)
Check out the video for some ideas of what a dynamic warm up might look like! Yoga, a Dynamic Pre-Golf Warm Up . Tune back in to see dynamic movement in an am yoga flow.
Keep being curious and making a difference in this world!