Well, well, well.
The cold weather is upon us again … and as I returned from an early morning jaunt this morning I saw folks bundled up galore – even though it’s just the beginning of winter (and to me, it’s not that cold anyway).
I love me a bit of “nip” in the weather if you get my drift. Keeps me sharp and focused – and certainly better than the hot sweaty weather I’m used to in Southern China – but while I’m not a huge fan of extreme cold – I’m not a huge fan of bundling up in layers and layers of clothing either unless its really warranted.
Anyway, that isn’t the topic of this post.
Being it’s cold weather out there, I see plenty of folks out there stretching – walking – and doing whatever it is they have to “warm up” before they get their workouts in.
Now, I’ve written a lot about stretching in the past – and whether you should stretch BEFORE – or AFTER your workout.
The answer might surprise a lot of people, and it’s one of the things I address in 0 Excuses Fitness – – and along with the deep breathing, this section alone might well justify the entire price of the course – so important is it to take on board.
Lots of people have this idea that “stretching” equates to warming up.
No it doesn’t – at least, that is NOT the purpose of stretching – which can be an entire workout unto itself if done right!
Warming up is simply what it is sounds like i.e getting your entire body ready and “primed” for a tough workout ahead. I believe I’ve addressed warmups in the FAQ’s section of 0 Excuses Fitness – – but if I haven’t – or if the detail isn’t enough for y’all out there, then shoot me an email with your questions, and I’ll address all that I can in these daily emails.
In the meantime, remember this – stretching – which I prefer to do AFTER my workouts – and with GOOD reason (that alone is a mind bender for most folks out there) is NOT the ideal way to warm up by far – and while you can certainly loosen and limber up via this method, it certainly isn’t the best way to “warm up”.
The great things about the 0 Excuses Fitness System though is this – if you do things right, you won’t NEED much, or ANY warm up at all before jumping straight into the workouts.
For instance, take the reverse and Hindu pushups – both mega super exercises that incorporate stretching into the movement as PART of the movement as opposed to the latter alternative.
All you really need to do – and all I do – to warm up before a tough pushup workout then is to simply hold the poses for a while – or to do a few reps in “slo mo” form – and you’ll find yourself getting warmed up and ready to GO in less than a few minutes.
Compare that to the lengthy warm up routines most folks have – either at the gym or elsewhere – which take up to 15 minutes or so before your body even “gets going” – and which incorporate stretches that while good on their own should NOT be done before your workout (for reasons I’ve already mentioned).
In China, you’ll see folks of all ages walking around the park to warm up. Or perhaps doing a few bear crawls – or more than a few, as the good folks in Zhengzhou would tell you – they hit the news a few years ago as well – for doing nothing other than what I mention in the 0 Excuses Fitness System!
There truly IS gold to be mined in this System, me thinks – and if you don’t believe me – just ask the Chinese – or other Asian cultures – all of whom have a tendency to live up to long ages (traditionally) – and ALL of whom incorporate the various movements I show you in the 0 Excuses Fitness System.
So, the takeaway from this email?
One, get your paws on the System if you haven’t already – right here – http://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/
And two – remember that stretching and warming up are NOT the same. Warming up can be done in a wide variety of ways, and I’ve mentioned a few above.
It is such an exhaustive topic that I could probably write an entire book or course upon it – and I’ll cover more on this in the future.
In the meantime, have a great, great workout today – and make today the best Monday ever!
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