There are a variety of options when it comes to methods to to burn your calories either through working out, dieting, working out and dieting or taking up an activity.
Some opt to pay a fortune for several classes or sessions, others go to the gym, while you here might be going for something cheaper and practical – in a literal sense – and that is running.
It is among the cheapest outdoor activity that you can do anywhere you are. Though, especially for a beginner, you might want to learn a few tips when choosing your running trails.
Where do you live?
Depending on where you live, how you choose your trail will be different. For urban areas, for example:
You will want to avoid traffic and rush hour to avoid getting into accidents, the heat, or not being able to run at all due to the crowd. Find a time outside the rush hour time (which most people do), such as early in the morning, or go for an evening jog.
Make it enjoyable. The reason why running outside on trails can always be better than treadmill is the change of view. You can start by circling your local parks, pools, or on the shoreline if it is within your running range. The change of seasons, the people that visit those places will prove to be interesting to observe while running and even healthy according to SparkPeople.
Calculating and scheduling. Some of us maybe use a landmark or a spot as our running goal and to select a trail, but have you calculated how to go back from there?
You can either run your way back, assuming you still have the energy to, or take a public transport to.
Don’t stop somewhere tired with the closest bus about one kilometre away, then you’ll be tiring yourself even more and possibly wasting your time if you have any other appointments to attend to afterward.
The type of land, or terrain, that you will be running through. According to your needs, if you are looking for trails to train for a future competition or event, choose the terrain accordingly.
If you are looking for a relaxing, low-intensity exercise to do, asphalt to dirt terrain are your best choice. Sandy or muddy road should be avoided, you will be tiring yourself way earlier.
What about hills and slopes?
If you are still a beginner and feel too tired to run through hills, start running on an easy one. Even a slight slope is already burning more of your energy, so it is normal to feel tired when you first try.
Increase your slope little by little everyday by making several routes with different height of hills if possible. If it is not, run until that little hill is a piece of cake and then try running on a higher one.
Rainy, sunny, or windy? Summer? Snowy?
Depending on your city or country, you might be living in a country that rains more than others. You could also be living in a country with a perfect four seasons. Weather can change your terrain.
When it rains or when the wind is blowing harder than usual, you will want to shorten your track or choose a safer track away from the sea and as shielded as possible.
On a snowy day, asphalt can be slippery, though Healthandstyle suggests it is your best shot, so you can buy a pair of running shoes with good slip resistance, or run on warmer places.
Some might love to run on forest trails or quiet places. These places have proven to be tranquilizing and perfect for relaxation with clean air for your lungs. But, aside from some of the advices above that you can incorporate, what else should you watch for?
“Quiet, calm places” means that not much people pass through there. If anything happens to you, no one will ever know unless you are not living alone.
Have someone know your running trails, so help can come as soon as possible should anything happen to you. Or choose a trail where people pass every once in a while; security guards, NGOs nature lovers, or other runners.
Way in and out. Some forest are quite big enough to leave you confused and lost in it.
Try running in a straight way or memorize your way in to go back out. If you constantly run through the same trial over and over again, your chances of getting lost will go down.
Bring a companion! A friend or a dog pet can make the whole experience fun.
Properly trained dogs can also help in emergency situations by making loud noises to attract attention, fending off animals among many other things, and according to Phychologytoday, licking your wounds to help preventing infections.
These are some tips you can remember when deciding on your running trails. On almost all cases though, you can bring your smartphone with you and get your way around with GPS if you are lost.
Plan your route and enjoy your run!