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Physical Therapy Experts at In Motion Explain the Importance of Running Warm-Ups for Sports Health

Dr. Lauren Schnidman, the founder and leading physical therapist at In Motion Physical Therapy, latest blog post shares professional advice to help runners keep up their routine without injuries. She states in the article that the key to a good run is an effective warm-up routine. The article then goes on to explain how a good running warm-up routine helps to maintain strengthen improve mobility and flexibility of the body. There is a clear distinction between the two terms. Mobility refers to the range of motion present in body joints. In contrast, flexibility is the ability of muscles, tendons, and ligaments to lengthen and compress in response to any stress or to carry out routine body movements without any pain.

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A good running warm-up routine helps keep the body in shape and plays an important part in maintaining overall physical health. According to Dr. Lauren Schnidman, the steps for a good warm-up routine for running are:

  1. Brisk Walk

The first step is a brisk walk for at least five minutes. This can extend into a light jog for more strenuous or long-running spells. Walking briskly helps in loosening the legs ensuring better muscle endurance.

  1. Dynamic Movements

From a brisk walk, the next step is to transition into dynamic stretching poses and exercises that should go on for another five minutes before a person actually starts running. Dynamic stretching is moving several joints through their full range of motion. It is also possible to involve plyometrics in the routine, which is rapid, strong motions like skipping and hopping. Static stretching involving performing and then holding the stretching pose is not recommended before running. After performing dynamic stretching, it’s time to start running.

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  1. Cool Down

Once a person is finished with any running course, the body’s muscles are at their loosest. This is the perfect time to include static stretching exercises as a body cool-down routine for improving muscle flexibility.

  1. Strength Exercises

Strength training compounds the effort put into maintaining the body’s flexibility and mobility when running. Planks, glute bridges, single-leg squats, single-leg deadlifts, and resistance band workouts are good strength exercises for runners. Dr. Schnidman recommends adjusting strength exercises as per the individual’s fitness level and stamina.

Readers interested in reading the article by Dr. Lauren Schnidman can visit the clinic’s official website at The website also houses all the relevant information about physical therapy treatments offered at the In Motion Physical Therapy clinic.

When discussing the article, Dr. Lauren Schnidman said that the inspiration to write the article came from “the fact that I was being visited by so many recreational runners and even professionals with muscular injuries and other problems which could have been prevented with a warm-up. The article will hopefully help anyone who runs, prevent injury, ensuring that they can continue to run without hindrance by injury.”

About In Motion Physical Therapy

In Motion Physical Therapy is on a mission to provide top-quality physical therapy services, helping patients return to doing the activities they love. The company works with tennis players, runners, and people who want to lose weight. Located in Lincoln Park, the company provides excellent quality care for patients to get back on their feet.

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2731 N Lincoln Ave

Chicago, IL 60614


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