Benefits of a warming gel for running

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It helps be better prepared for exercise when it is cold, but not only…..

A warming gel meets all the muscle warm-up needs before exercising and should be used in addition to standard warm-up methods such as stretching and cardiorespiratory conditioning.

Its non allergenic texture should be able to convey the toning and stimulating properties of its components deep to the muscles.

The feeling experienced should be a warm and moderate warmth, with no burning or excessive redness, ideal as part of muscular conditioning and to prevent cold-related injuries.

Use precautions: Do not bring the gel into contact with the mucous membranes, so remember to wash your hands after application. Be careful of potential contact allergies in the sun, therefore avoid applying any gel to exposed skin parts c

Did you know? When to use cold or warmth????

Applying cold will reduce oedemas, reduce pain and inflammation - it is ideal after exercise in case of joint or muscle overuse.

Applying warmth will stimulte blood circulation and dilate blood vessels, thus promoting recovery from muscle contractions.  It also reduces pain and has a relaxing action, providing a sense of well-being

Cold is always indicated when the type of injury is unknown, or when a swelling or haematoma (bruise) is experienced

Warmth is good against muscle contractions, as an alternative to massages, and against spinal pains such as lower back pains

Never apply cold or warmth to a wound or rash or allergic reaction

Cold can be used as a treatment, while warmth can be used to create a sense of well-being

To prepare for exercise in poor and cold weather conditions, a good preparatory massage with a warming balm will be useful, but it will not exempt you from warming up

Have a sporting day!!

Docteur Patrick Bacquaert

Médecin chef de l'IRBMS

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