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The Perfect Warm-Up For Runners
Ah, the runner’s warm-up. To do or not to do. It’s always a temptation, isn’t it.
You’re poised at the start line of a race. You kind of know that some sort of warm-up would be beneficial. But, at the same time, you know that if you overdo it, you’ll take it out of yourself before you’ve even got going and your race performance will pay the price.
So the temptation is to just warm-up as you go, during the race itself.
Now that may be a reasonable approach for longer distances – although if you watch elite athletes warm-up for any marathon, you might just think twice about it.
But, for shorter distances, when you’ll be hoping to take the pace up a notch or two, the pre-race runner’s warm-up isn’t a nice-to-have. It’s an essential requirement that you ignore at your peril.
Today’s featured article, originally published by Fitbie, provides a potential compromise that hopefully all runners can make use of. It’s a warm-up that doesn’t involve an exhausting, elaborate set of exercises.
This runner’s warm-up won’t wear you out before the race begins. It’s just three simple stretches, recommended by New Balance fitness ambassador Holly Perkins, that will prime you for action.
Performing a 10 to 15 minute warmup is essential to preventing injury and maximizing performance.