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I’ve written quite a bit about the growing pile of evidence that static stretching before exercise is a bad idea — which may leave you wondering what you are supposed to do to warm-up. The current buzzword is “dynamic warm-up,” but that means a lot of different things to different people. I just noticed that Canadian Running magazine had an article a few months ago by Olympic 5,000-metre runner (and physical therapist) Megan Wright, who shared her own eight-part dynamic warm-up routine, complete with pictures of the various moves. It’s definitely worth checking out if you’re looking for ideas for your own warm-up routine.