You’ve heard it many times – “always begin your workout with a warm-up and end it with a cool-down.” The purpose of a warm-up is to prepare the body, especially the cardiovascular and musculoskeletal systems, for the conditioning or stimulus phase of the exercise session. The cool-down phase assures that venous return to the heart is maintained in the face of significant amounts of blood going to the previously working muscles. The length of the warm-up and cool-down periods depends on several factors, including the type of workout, the level of intensity, and your age and fitness level.
Generally, the warm-up and cool-down should last approximately five to ten minutes each.
We have the perfect solution to finding that extra five to ten minutes generally recommended for the warm-up and cool-down. Instead of getting frustrated spending time you’ll never get back circling the parking lots in search of that front row space, consider walking to the recreation and fitness centers rather than parking next to the building. This strategy will ensure that you get a full warm-up, potentially increase energy expenditure and save money! On days this is not an option, remember to check your parking space number, have change (.75 per hour). But remember that the front row parking space doesn’t result in the same health benefits as a brisk walk from the furthest parking spot.
Perkinspective: “Every step you take can positively affect your health where as paying to park can negatively affect your bank account.”
Erica K. Perkins, Associate Director