I got a little carried away on my Instagram post last week and shared what has been going on in the southeast (it was basically a blog post on my Instagram photo - whoops!). But in case you didn't see it there, I'll give you a little background here. The southeast has been on fire (literally). There are wildfires across TN, NC, SC, GA, KY, and VA and we haven't had substantial rain in months. This is a bad combo. We live in NE GA (about an hour outside of Atlanta) and some days I literally cannot see the house across the street because of all of the smoke. It has just been an inconvenience for us having to cancel hikes and runs but for others, it's much more serious. People are being evacuated, states are spending millions of dollars, and firefighters are coming in from all over to help. We need rain!
Luckily, it wasn't as smoky this past weekend so Scott and I were able to get in some time outside near our house and now I want to share how we warm up our legs before running. While most of the time I just want to run out the front door and not slow down I know that taking the time to warm up will make for a stronger and overall better run.
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CARDIO WARM UP FOR RUNNERS
Try this warm-up next time before you start your cardio session. We start walking, gradually speeding up (for instance from the car to the trailhead) and then we will do about 30 seconds each of the following moves. You may be starting slowing for the first few seconds but give your body time to warm up and then go run your heart out!
- Butt Kicks - Literally kick yourself in the butt. Keep your chest up. Move quickly.
- High Knees - Bring your knees up in front of you quickly alternating. Keep your chest up. Move quickly.
- Walking Lunges (not pictured) - Step forward with one leg. Keep your upper body straight and shoulders back. Lower your hips until your leg is bent at about a 90-degree angle. Repeat on each leg. Here is a video on how to do a walking lunge.
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