Something that is as hard to write as it is to read: colder weather is coming soon. If you're looking to get out and run this winter in the cold and snow there are some important measures worth taking, and that definitely needs to include a proper warm-up before you head out.
Warming up is just as important as any part of your exercise routine because this is a time to activate and quite literally warm up muscles, tendons and joints for the stress and impact they are about to receive. This is particularly true during the winter because running or working out with cold, stiff muscles leaves you much more vulnerable for injury.
The hamstrings, quadriceps and calves are especially important to get ready as they are major muscle groups used when running. On top of the muscles themselves, they connect to important tendons and ligaments that keep us springing forward. Warming up muscles will in turn help to loosen these tendons and ligaments that are essential to running and greatly lower risk for injury.
Prepare Your Body for the Elements
With the colder months ahead it will take a bit longer for your body to warm up and limber up during your run or workout. Dynamic stretching should always be your choice over static stretching. The reason to go with dynamic over static stretching is that static stretching puts much more stress and tension on cold, stiff muscles, so it's vital to try light movements instead of holding a stretch for an extended period of time.