Friday, April 26, 2013

W Is For...Warmup

Warmup is incredibly important, especially when it comes to running.  Some people start out with a 5-15 minute warmup of some kind before they take off running, others just run from the get go.  

Running is hard on your muscles and joints and getting them properly warmed up is very important if you want to lessen your risk of injury. I usually take 3-5 minutes to warm up before I take off running, sometimes more.  A warmup for me is just a fast walk.

Here are a few exercises to do to warm up your leg muscles and joints before running.

Leg swings...Stand facing the back of a chair.  Swing one leg side to side 20 times, then back and forth 20 times. Repeat on the other leg.

High knees...Stand with both feet on the floor.  Pick up each knee as high as you can as quickly as you can...think running in place.

Butt kicks...basically jog in place making sure to tap your butt with the heel of your shoes.  

Have a beautiful sunshiny day y'all, blessings! If your a runner, get outside and enjoy a nice easy or hard run today..taking time to enjoy the experience.
Godspeed...this comes from the Middle English expression "God spede (you)", a wish for success and fortune for one setting out on an enterprise, voyage, adventure, or travels. It may also mean good luck.

"Limitations only exist if you let them"

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  1. Always do warm up stretches, both before and after.

  2. I don't warm-up. I usually just get started running pretty slowly then pick up my pace as I go. I try to stretch after, just depends on how I feel.

  3. I find I run my best races when I warm up! :0) Hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Shannon, by time I'm finished the warm up, I'm ready for the cool down. LIfe is tough when one is a Bear.

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting


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