Sometimes, warm ups is the last thing you want to do. When you’re eager to hit that ice and get into practice or start playing a game, warming up can feel like just an annoyance, but, in truth, it’s actually very important.
A good warm-up will get you nice and limber before you hit the ice, helping you to avoid cramps and fatigue once you’re into the game or practice and preventing injury and pain afterwards. Furthermore, it gets your blood circulating and your muscles ready, helping you to play to your fullest potential.
Warming up doesn’t have to take forever or be boring either. We know some awesome warm-ups that can be done quickly and easily!
Go for a Run
Running is one of the best and easiest ways to get your blood pumping. You don’t have to do it for long to get in a good warm-up either. Three to five minutes at a high intensity is really all it takes.
You can run around the perimeter of the ice if your rink allows/accommodates it, or you can run around outside the rink with your teammates to really build up a good sweat.
Try Some Stickhandling
Sometimes, a little stickhandling is all you need for limber arms and a warm body. You can do this for a few minutes on the ice, or, if you’d rather not waste precious ice time on warming up, try it with a golf ball or a tennis ball.
If you’ve got a friend or teammate handy, then the two of you can practice passing the ball back and forth to up the intensity of this warm-up.
A little skating at a fast pace is another very easy way to get nice and warm! Try skating around the rink a few times and speeding up whenever you get between the blue lines.
Not only will you warm your body, but you’ll also be practicing and perfecting your skating skills at the same time, which is a true win-win.
Get Your Mind Right
As a final word of advice, remember that the right mindset is every bit as important, if not more important, as a nice, warm body.
As such, always take a few moments, before you step on the ice, to say some encouraging words to yourself, to set a goal for the game or practice, and to just get into the right, positive mentality to really excel at whatever you’re doing!