Trail walking and running are excellent cardiovascular and muscle-building workouts – with some added bonuses. Hitting the trails not only improves fitness levels, but provides other benefits for your body, mind and mood.
The activity offers the same fat-burning intensity of interval training, coupled with interesting scenery and varied terrain. The different surfaces and inclines you’ll encounter on a trail help you improve balance. Softer surfaces underfoot also alleviate some of the stress your body endures when walking or running on harder surfaces.
Not only will your body benefit from trail walking or running, but getting away from the sights, sounds and demands of the day and replacing them with the beauty of nature can wash away stress and help you relax. A 2015 study at Stanford University showed that walking in nature decreased worry, anxiety and other negative thoughts among participants.
Here are some helpful tips to follow if you’re new to trail walking or running:
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