Pre-Run Warm Up Drills
Too many times we roll out of bed and bust out the door for our morning runs. This leaves us feeling lethargic, stiff and uncoordinated. After long sedentary periods our brain is not efficient in communicating to our muscles and the neuromuscular pathways are often not firing. We can be more successful in our running, warm up and overall feeling for our workout if we “wake up” and activate the muscles before we head out the door. Consider adding a short routine to your morning or post work running routine, to get the body more prepared to run. Here are some of the exercises we think can be effective and simple to do. We suggest motions that emphasize mobilization and activation of the glutes, hips and ankles. These are often areas that are locked during sedentary periods.
Good Mornings: Think of this as a deadlift without a bar. With the legs slightly wider than shoulder width apart and with a slightly bent knee, bend at the hips and then slowly straighten. Make sure you keep your glutes engaged at the finish. (8-10)