Why to warm-up:
- It increases your muscle temperature, flexibility, and mobility before you tackle your run.
- It prepares your mind for the workout ahead.
- It prevents you from sustaining any painful leg injuries during the run.
The best way to warm-up before running is to break a sweat and do moving stretches or dynamic stretching. Wondering what is it? Actually, these are controlled, repetitive sports-specific movements that mimic the way your muscles and connective tissues will need to move during your chosen activity. Here's how to do it:
- Start with walking: walk at a brisk pace for 1–2 minutes.
- Then practice small jumps for 1 minute.
- Slowly increasing the speed for the first three minutes.
- Start actually running.