It’s getting popular…

Trail running is fast becoming one of the most popular forms of running. There are hundreds of events out there for you to get involved in too, in all parts of the country. There are also trail running groups popping up all over the UK, most have social media groups to join. Running magazines and websites now have dedicated trail running sections and all sorts of resources and handy tips for beginners.

 

Less stress…

With regard to the effects of trail running on the body, the lack of impact that is generated on harder, less forgiving surfaces should leave the runner with less injuries over time.

The mental ‘de-stressing’ that trail running can offer is widely recognised too, as running off-road and away from the masses of towns and cities will improve well-being and help runners restore any waning interest in their running.

The fresh air that you also gain from running in these environments will also help develop cardio vascular efficiency and means that trail runners will probably be able to do their running under less stress and breathe easier!

 

Trail running makes you stronger…

This variable terrain of trail running is also beneficial to the body in terms of the muscle groups that are used whilst out trail running. Unlike running on a static surface (such as the road or an athletics track) trail running will ensure that many different muscle groups are used and the core of the body is developed to a far greater extent as your body adjusts to the demands of off-camber, steep uphill and descents and differing underfoot conditions, such as rocks, mud and grass.

 

Just enjoy it…

It’s a human instinct to continue doing something we enjoy, so make it fun, do it with friends, challenge yourself and hey, why not get training and even do some events.

No matter where you choose to run, and whatever your standard, following some of these tips will make sure you enjoy your trail running for years to come!

 

Basically, there has never been a better time to step off the road and onto the trails! Sign up to a Salomon Sunset Series event here.

 

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