Why Runners Should Do Muscle Activation Exercises

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There are some runs where everything just clicks, movements are smooth and you feel as if you could run forever. Then there are the runs when you can’t seem to shake off the sluggishness and the miles seem to drag on forever. So, what’s the difference? Oftentimes, it’s what you do before the run that matters most.

Everyone knows a proper warm up is a critical component of a safe and effective workout, but what should a warm-up include? What is the best way to prime the body for activity, and avoid feeling like you are just treading water or wading through quicksand?

It comes down to a practice called muscle activation, which prepares the body for the specific set of demands that is to follow. Activation “wakes up” certain muscle groups, and assists you in establishing efficient, biomechanically correct movement patterns.

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