Run Better In Just A Few Weeks
It is very easy to avoid warming up and cooling down before you exercise but you may be missing out on the benefits while avoiding niggling injuries. A warm-up gradually revs up your cardiovascular system by raising your body temperature and increasing blood flow to your muscles. Warming up will also help reduce muscle soreness and reduce your risk of injury. The same positive benefits are with cooling down. The body is warm so it allows you to get deeper with your stretches and also helps bring your heart rate and breathing back to normal.
In the video below I talk you through 8 exercises that I recommend doing before and after every run. The warm up and cool down routine is tailored towards helping improve your speed, longevity and aids towards avoiding injury. Whether you are new to running or have been pounding the pavement for a while now there is always room to improve. Stick to this routine for a minimum of 30 days and see the difference in your performance.
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8 Exercises to Imporve your running
High Knees X 20
Kick Backs X 20
Lunge & Torso Twist X 10 (each leg)
Runners Lunge (hold 30 seconds each leg)
Kneeling Hip Stretch (hold 30 seconds each leg)
Calf Stretch (10 reps each leg)
Glute Stretch (15-30 seconds hold each leg)
Quad Stretch ( 30 seconds hold each leg)
NB. 2 rounds before and after your run. You do not need to do exercises 1+2 (high knees, kick backs) after your run.