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Pre-Run Routine

Let’s talk warm-ups! As runners, we all know the excitement of lacing up our shoes and hitting the pavement, but there’s an essential part of our routine that we can’t afford to skip: dynamic stretching and mobility exercises. Incorporating these into your pre-run routine is key to enhancing your performance and preventing injuries, ensuring every run is as enjoyable and effective as possible.

Dynamic stretching involves moving parts of your body through a full range of motion, gently warming up your muscles and preparing them for the activity ahead. Unlike static stretching, which you hold for a period of time, dynamic stretches like leg swings, arm circles, and lunges keep you moving. This movement increases blood flow and oxygen to your muscles, making them more pliable and ready for the demands of running. By doing so, you not only improve your flexibility but also boost your overall running efficiency.

Mobility exercises complement dynamic stretching by focusing on the joints and their full range of motion. Exercises such as hip circles, ankle rolls, and torso twists can help loosen up stiff areas, enhance coordination, and improve your stride. This combination of dynamic stretching and mobility work ensures that your body is fully prepared to tackle your run, reducing the risk of strains and sprains. So next time you head out, take those extra minutes to warm up with a few vital exercises. Grab some ideas here from the New York Road Runners. Your body will thank you, and you’ll enjoy a more injury-free running experience. Happy running, Moms!