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Tips for Bay Area Runners: Why You Should Warm Up Before Every Run

warm up tips for runners in the Bay Area - SF Custom Chiropractic, San Francisco

Why is it important for runners in San Francisco to warm up?

Sure, you may be thinking, WHY take the time to warm up before a run in San Francisco? I’ll just get up and go. Warming up your body is crucial for any physical activity. When your body is warmed up it is ready to endure the training you are about to set out to do. When it comes to running, you use your whole body during every movement, meaning you need to warm up your entire body before putting a short distance or long distance strain on it. Warm up exercises help prevent injury, improve flexibility, and promote better performance. Solely doing static stretches doesn’t cut it anymore and has the potential to lead to more injuries during your runs. Your warm up should take anywhere from 10-30 minutes. The longer the run the longer the warm up.

Warm up exercises to prevent injury and perform better

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You can do any kind of dynamic stretching to help you warm up for your run. Successful exercises will warm up your muscles, joints, and raise your resting heart rate. Here are a few exercises to help you get started.

  • Lite jog/walk
  • Butt Kicks
  • High Knees
  • Walking Lunges
  • Side to side leg swings
  • Forward/backward leg swings

Warming up is just as important as recovering. Taking care of your body inside and out will only aid in better and safer performances. Your San Francisco bay area chiropractors at SF Custom Chiropractic are here for you.  

Ask about Active Release Technique and how you can care for your body for the greatest and safest runs with chiropractic care.

Contact us to schedule an appointment or if you have any questions about our services and how they will benefit you. Happy Running!

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