There is no underestimating the many benefits of a good warm up:
- Release of adrenaline:
- Increase of body temperature:
- Increase of muscle metabolism:
- Increase in speed of nerve impulse conduction
Additional benefits of warming up include physiological and psychological preparation. Positive imagery can also relax the athlete and build concentration.
Keep in mind that the perfect warm up is a very individual process that can only come with practice, experimentation and experience. Try warming up in various way, at various intensities until you find what works best for you.