Moms on the Run National Fitness Director, Olympian Carrie Tollefson, regularly shares training tips to help us strengthen our running, fitness and health. Today, she shares some of her favorite warm-up exercises for the upper body.
Properly warming up our muscles before a run and cooling them down post-run are important to preventing injury, taking care of your heart and helping reduce muscle and joint soreness. A proper warm-up consists of 5-10 minutes of aerobic activity to loosen those muscles and get your warmed up: brisk walking, marching, jogging, and cycling. A proper cool-down involves 5-10 minutes of a slower jog where your heartrate and breathing return to normal.