The fall season is a popular time for enjoying time outside, training for fall sports, and participating in road races now that the cooler, crisp temperatures are here. Whether or not you’ve signed up for a local running race or simply just enjoy heading outside for a run, today’s post will highlight exercises that can be added into your warm up routine before you head out for your next run:
The exercises demonstrated within the PTtip video include:
- Calf and Hip Flexor Stretch
- Frankenstein Exercise targeting the hamstrings
- Walking Forward Lunges with Twist targeting the lower extremity & lower back
Another important component to consider within your exercise routine is remembering to stay properly hydrated. Keeping hydrated is just as important during the cooler months as it is in the warmer months, but may be harder to remember when the body does not sweat as much, or we may not feel as thirsty. One idea to consider helping to keep you hydrated is enjoying fall produce that is now abundantly available. Certain fruits and veggies like broccoli and apples contain a high water content that can help contribute to your fluid intake, so not only are you keeping hydrated but you are supplying your body with healthy nutrients as well! Adding fresh apple slices to salads, yogurt, or oatmeal and broccoli florets to pasta, garden salads, or casserole dishes can be a few easy ways to enjoy these in-season produce options. Lastly, keeping a reusable water bottle with you is another easy way to help remind you to stay hydrated!
Make sure you watch the PTtip video to learn how to properly perform the above warm up exercises, and if you have any questions or would like to make an appointment with one of our physical therapists, give us a call today at 1-855-PT-FIRST!
*As a reminder, always discuss any questions or concerns with your physician regarding your own health and dietary needs, as the information written should not replace any medical advice.