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Warming up before you run

Warming up before you run

13 August 18

Warming up correctly is an essential part of working out. It can help improve your technique, improve your flexibility and help protect you from injury.
Your warm-up should last for at least 10 minutes and should include stretches and dynamic exercises that incorporate the muscles you’re going to work.

The following is an example of a good warm-up to complete before a run:

  • Start with a light jog – 400 to 800 metres depending on your ability and the length of your run. This will get your heart pumping and circulate your blood, warming up your muscles and joints.
  • Leg swings – laterally and horizontally. This will increase your hip flexibility.
  • High knees – This will reinforce your midfoot landing, high cadence, and hamstring flexibility.
  • Lunges – Will lengthen your hip flexors and strengthen the key muscles you will use in your run.
  • B skip – Will improve your coordination and hamstring flexibility.
  • Straight leg bounding – Improves power produced from your hips, glutes and hamstrings.

Completing this warm-up (or any dynamic, functional warm-up) is the best way to get yourself ready for the workout that follows and ensure you have done your best to prevent injury. 

Speak to a member of the gym team for more information. 

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