Stretching and warming up are not the same thing. People thinking that stretching is a warm up is a common mistake. But this is not the reality, and in fact, stretching before an activity is not doing much for you at all. Even worse, stretching before an activity can actually decrease your performance.
Also to know is, is it better to stretch before or after a warm up?
Static stretching will help to loosen up tight muscles. Once you are done with your work out, it is a good time to do some deeper stretches. When your muscles are warm and have maximal amounts of blood flowing to them, is a good time to stretch them. Muscles are more pliable when they are warm.
What is the importance of warming up and stretching?
It is particularly important to help prevent injury. Warm-up is low-level activity, which should be completed prior to stretching and more strenuous exercise. The objective of the warm-up is to raise total body temperature and muscle temperature to prepare the entire body for vigorous activity.
How does warming up prepare the body for exercise?
The warm-up should gently prepare the body for exercises by gradually increasing the heart rate and circulation; this will loosen the joints and increase blood flow to the muscles. Stretching the muscles prepares them for physical activity and prevents injuries.