Why bother to warm up before going for a run?

Have you noticed the group that go off to do a warm up before club runs?

Do you know the benefits?

Dynamic warm ups get the body ready for exercise

Kate used to just turn up to club, have a chat, run through that painful first mile and suffer from achy hips & legs afterwards. She says “Since performing these exercises EVERY TIME, I can (usually) run straight through that grueling first mile, and have no hip pain/stiffness afterwards.  It really doesn’t take long and it is worth it.”

I certainly feel that grueling first mile if I haven’t managed a few dynamics. How about you? At what stage of your run do you feel best?

So why not join in – give it a go. (it’s FREE!) England Athletics recommend warming up before all runs. The experts can’t all be wrong.