Wow! I think I'm getting better and better at this printable thing. If you can't read things well on the blog post just click on the verbiage underneath and it takes you to a totally printable PDF. I've got some mad blogging skills. It also took me half as long to make as last week. And I think it's just as usable (if not more so) than other.
Your Questions Answered (YQA):
On my Workout page Bab's asked the following:
Would love to know what you think. I just saw Jillian from the Biggest Loser Show answer a question about whether it is good to do a stretching warm up before working out. She said no. The muscles are cold and that could hurt them. Preferably one should warm up by just walking and moving, but not stretching. Save the stretching for after you worked out. Do you agree??
Yes, I do agree! Before I do any type of stretching exercises whether it be Pilates, Yoga, or just some good old fashioned stretching I have done some sort of aerobic exercise first. Many of the people who will be attending my Core Fitness classes at Union Zumba will most likely have done Zumba first. But just in case, I'll have one full song of things such as toe touches, marching in place, ship rolls, knee rolls, etc. So there are some stretches in there but they use flow and movement. No static stretching!
Why is this important? Because synovial fluid can be found between articulating bones. This synovial fluid reduces friction in the joint and changes viscosity in response to joint movement. When you do static stretches it's not really producing the movement needed to make the synovial fluid more protective thereby increasing your possibility of joint damage.
Long story short... warm up with some sort of movement! Static stretches are not movement as attested by their name. Static.
Do you have a favorite warm up? Do you have any questions for YQA?
I am not a registered dietician, medical expert, or doctor. I am an ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer. Please remember that my fitness tips and advice are from my own personal experiences, knowledge and views. Please consult a doctor before undertaking any new exercise or diet program.