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 you’ve signed up for a local running race or simply just enjoy heading outside for a run, today’s post will highlight some of our favorite warm up exercises that can be added into your workout routine before you head out for your next run:

PTtip Video Warm Up Exercises for Running

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


Remember to stay properly hydrated! Keeping hydrated is just as important during the cooler months as it is in the warmer months. This may be harder to remember when you’re not sweating, or when you don’t feel as thirsty. To help you keep hydrated, try enjoying some of the fall produce that is now abundantly available. Certain fruits and veggies like broccoli and apples have a high water content.  This can help contribute to your fluid intake. Not only will they help you keep hydrated, but they will supply your body with healthy nutrients as well! For breakfast, try adding fresh apple slices to salads, yogurt, or oatmeal. For lunch or dinner, consider adding and broccoli florets to pasta, garden salads, or casserole dishes. These are just a couple of the many ways to enjoy these in-season produce options. 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.