Do you warm-up before exercise?
If you answered NO then this post is for you!
The warm-up in my mind the most important ingredient to your running success starting out as a runner. If an athlete only had 30 minutes to workout then I would highly recommend the athlete STILL warm up for 5-10 minutes prior to the run and then only run 20-25 minutes depending on the time they have remaining in their workout window. While most beginning runners would just skip the warm up to jam the full 30 minutes of running in, I strongly encourage you to own the process of proper warming up to ensure your body is ready to move today, tomorrow, and weeks to come. Not properly warming up could jeopardize your consistently by leading to injuries.
What is the point of warming up?
1) We increase out bodys core temperature.
2) Lubricate joints.
3) Prepare ligaments and tendons for exercise.
4) Allow time to mentally prepare for exertion.
Proper warm-up can aid in preventing injuries as well as increase of enjoyment while exercising as athletes will not feel that sense of tightness, stiffness, or aches the first 5-10 minutes of the workout. The dynamic warm-up allows us to get to the more enjoyable and fluid part of our workout!