Forest trails are finally completely free of snow and ice (and hopefully mud), so it's the perfect time to start trail running. If you've never given any consideration to running in the woods, here are some reasons you should.
- The soil and leaf surface is much softer and more forgiving than pavement or a treadmill belt, so it's easier on knees and other sensitive joints.
- The trees offer protection from the sun's harmful rays, so your risk for sun exposure and sunburn is reduced.
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- The temperature is usually cooler in the woods, so you'll sweat less, and reduce your risk for overheating. Since it's also easier to run in cooler temps, you'll be able to run longer than you would if the temps were higher.
- It's quiet in the woods and virtually people-free, so running in a forest can offer you much-needed alone time.
- Unlike the gym, there's no waiting for a cardio machine in the woods, so you can run whenever you have time, for as long as you want.
- The rocks, hills, uneven terrain, and fallen tree limbs make a great obstacle course, so not only is running on trails more exciting, it's also more challenging.
- You can bring your dog (if you have one), and not only will they offer company, but they'll also motivate you to pick up your pace a little since they tend to run faster.