Warm up before any endurance event or exercise is key in preventing injuries. We’ve all been taught to stretch statically; whis means putting the muscle in a lengthened position and holding for 20-30 seconds. Static stretching has been proven to weaken muscles and reduce performance before running. Static stretching activates a protective meuromuscular reflex that tries to prevent muscles from being over stretched. Dynamic warm-up routines, however have been found to increase performance. These are controlled, smooth rhythmic movements that help to lengthen the muscle.
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