After what seems like the longest winter ever, you’re probably ready to hit the trails and get some fresh air—we know we are! But before you break out your new running kicks and lighter gear, here a few tips to help you stay safe and still have a great workout.
1. Start out slow – If you’re more used to running on a treadmill, bringing your workout outside will take its toll on your body if you’re not careful. Running without the momentum of the machine and dealing with everything nature will throw at you, your joints will take more of a beating from running on uneven terrain. Give your body time to adjust before you challenge yourself on the trails.
2. Do your research – The last thing you want to do on your outside run is get
lost, so it will help to sit down and research the trails in your area before you slip your sneaks on. You should ask your friends where they like to run, use online running forums to find popular routes, and/or check to see if your park has designated trails.
3. Look out for yourself – Running is about more than putting one foot in front of the other. Using a treadmill is more convenient in the way that it warns you when you should warm up or cool down, so when you’re running outside you’ll need to be more aware of the signs your body is giving you. You’ll also need to remember to stretch, warm up, and strength train—all reminders that going to the gym will give you. Preventing injury and staying healthy during exercise is crucial.
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