Warm up and cool down for effective running training
Why and what for?
Why you should not simply set off running
Stretching after running? Seriously?
All people are different–athletes too. Some prefer to run as soon as they get up, and others wait until they have finished work. For some, running on an empty stomach is just the thing, but others need to fuel up first. In just the same way, each body reacts differently to certain exercises, even for the warm-up and cool-down. Try to test out as much as possible and listen to the signals your body sends.
You should note the following points:
* You should complete awarm-up before every training session.
* Warming up is intended to prepare the muscles for exercise and not to counteract it. So you should choose the exercises that are right for your own training.
* A cool-down after running is even more important than thewarm-up. After all, beginning a little more slowly and allowing the engine to preheat first nearly always works. However, a sudden cool-down is not at all sensible or healthy.