Most people who go for a run just lace up and hit the road. But there should be a quick warm-up routine to get your body muscles active for a tough run. The problem with most people is that it’s hard enough to convince yourself to get out of bed early in the morning or not stay on your couch after work, but go for a run, and then have another pre- workout before you run. To solve this problem, we have come up with simple and quick exercises that you can do before your run that activate the muscles in your body and give it a boost of energy.
- stretch: There’s nothing like stretching. It is the very first thing anyone should do before any kind of physical activity. It prevents the risk of injuries or muscle cramps.
- Running lunges: It is a very useful exercise to do before running because it activates your running muscles such as your glutes, hips and thighs.
- Jumping jacks or opposing toe touches: These two exercises activate your whole body. Jumping jacks help you to hold your breath while moving your whole body, it also provides active blood flow. Toe touches also work great when moving your back and arms
- High knees: The purpose of a warm up before running is to activate muscles that aid in running, so how can we forget about the most important part of our knees. High knees improve your speed, leg strength and flexibility.
- heel kicks: This will help you activate your glutes and increase your flexibility.
If you do these five exercises for even 2 minutes or so each, you will find that your body is active and ready for a good run. Warm-up exercises are a must before running because they lower your risk of injury, increase your heart rate, stretch your muscles and boost your energy.
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