Words: Dani Byrnes
This short, yet effective running warm-up will assist in the safe activation of running specific muscles such as our legs and arms – even our respiratory system. Warming up before a race or even a short training run is very important to ensure we keep out joints, tendons and muscles healthy and injuries at bay. This warm-up only takes around seven minutes and is effective for runners of any level.
It is important to note, warm-up drills are not designed to “fatigue” you before a run, but rather engage key muscle groups by attracting blood flow to these areas. Running on cold muscles may lead to “niggles” which could very quickly lead to long-term injuries, seeing you miss out on participating in the Gold Coast Marathon. Our bodies are like a vehicle and they need to be serviced and cared for – we only get one!
I encourage you to do these fun, energising drills once you are geared and laced up for your run. No equipment is required and you can do these anywhere. For running longevity, it is recommended you warm up to ensure we can go the distance! Happy warm-up!