Ballet Warm Up How To
Whether you decide to learn ballet at home or take classes, do warm up and cool down before the lesson. What is the theory behind the warm up? Actually, there are differing opinions as to whether it is important to warm up before exercise and cool down after. But since warming up and cooling down is easy and safe, it is encouraged to do so.
According to the Mayo Clinic, warming up and cooling down can reduce your risk of injury and improve your performance. Warming up before exercise gets the cardiovascular system going, body temperature rises and blood flow to your muscles is increased, all of which prepares the body for exercise. The process that the body goes through is pretty complex, but I’m going to attempt to simplify it here.
The video below will give you some tips on what you can do to warm up before a ballet lesson. Follow these tips to avoid injury and improve your stamina and performance.
After approximately 10+ minutes of warm up, arteries open up and blood flow to the muscles is increased bringing about an increase in muscle temperature. This heat causes the molecule that carries oxygen in red blood cells (hemoglobin) to release oxygen faster thus resulting in improved performance. You can find out more about this process here.
Cooling down is somewhat like warming up. You continue whatever exercise you’re doing at a reduced pace and wind down slowly. Adding stretching to your cooling down process also decreases risk of injury.