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Workouts For Runners: 5 Dynamic Warm Up Routines


There are so many “things” that go into a great run, the perfect temperature, the right clothing, the right gear, the right sneakers–but all of those things are all on the outside, there is so much more to making sure your whole body is ready for the physical activity! Dynamic warm ups are awesome for warming the body up to get you ready for your run!


What is a Dynamic Warm up?

According to Greatist: “A dynamic warm up uses stretches that are “dynamic,” meaning you are moving as you stretch. For decades, static stretching, which requires holding a stretch for 10 or more seconds while motionless, was the most popular type of warm-up for athletes.”

It took me a while to learn that my run will go a lot better if I took a few minutes to actually stretch versus stepping out the door to run. There has been so much controversy whether or not you should do static stretching before you run but quite honestly it’s never worked for me. When I do dynamic stretching it helps me to loosen up quicker while warming up my joints.

Here is some of the moves that I do before I workout:


Today I am sharing 4 more awesome Dynamic Warmups for Runners from my favorite Runner Bloggers in our monthly Workouts For Runners series!

Related: 9 Powerful Mantras For Runners

Getting the body warm before running is fantastic, and you won’t regret it. Use any of these routines to get your body warm and ready for an awesome run!

Allie @ Vita Train 4 Life

Dynamic Workouts For Runners

Carly @ Fine Fit Day


Laura @ This Runner’s Recipes


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

Fire Up The Muscles with these Dynamic Warm Up Routines For Runners!


Do you warm up before physical activity or do you just wing it?

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Monday 9th of January 2017

I waiver between just heading out the door for my runs and doing a dynamic warm up before I leave the house. Unfortunately, sometimes it depends on if I'm nursing an injury or tightness. If I feel good, I just go. Being more consistent with my warming up is something I definitely struggle with!


Friday 7th of October 2016

I'm always short on time, and rarely take the time to stretch properly. I know that it's awful, and I should really stretch more. Definitely need to try out these stretches next time I get to work out!


Thursday 29th of September 2016

I can't start a workout or run without doing a dynamic warm-up! Makes such a difference in just how I feel and certainly how fast I feel I can run.


Wednesday 28th of September 2016

I have never considered this but I certainly will. Unlike Dr. J, I'm less long distance and I'm more short, intense bursts of inspiration. I now know there's a name and even a category for that in running!

Dr. J

Wednesday 28th of September 2016

I am a long time long distance runner! I mean over 100,000 miles long. I never stretched before running, just started slowly and picked up speed as I went. However, I am also a martial artist. Oh yeah, I also hate to stretch, lol but I do constantly. I used to do static stretching and ALWAYS pulled something sooner or later. Then I wised up and now only do dynamic stretching as you suggest. NEVER injured myself that way, so far :-)