Warming up for your event is crucial. The more we age the more time we need to warm up.
The warm up is especially beneficial to our fascia/connective tissue. Ounce for ounce we have about the same amount of fascia as muscle. Fascia stretches when it is warm. Lack of warm up may cause injury to tendons, ligaments and muscle itself, as each tiny muscle thread in cased in fascia.
Warm up can be anywhere from 15 to 30 minutes depending on one’s age and specific activity. Once one has warmed up, the body and its fibers stay warm for 15 to 20 minutes. During that time, feel free to sit down, or even lay down before your event goes off. This rest period allows blood from your limbs to distributed through out your entire body, and believe it or not, that short rest might give you the “kick” you need to finish the race in strong position. When you’re resting, try to relax your mind. Save your adrenalin for the starting line and the race itself.