Running Outdoors: A Quick Guide

In my opinion, one of the easiest ways you can build your cardiovascular endurance is by going for a run. Because I loathe treadmills with every cell in my body, I took to running outdoors instead, which has proven to be highly enjoyable exercise. This is a short guide on everything you need to know in order to run outside.

The Weather Is Important

Most people have become so accustomed to the climate controlled offices, homes, and other indoor areas they frequent. People often forget that the weather outside can vary greatly even within the same day. If you decide to run outdoors, you’ll find your asking questions such as:

You see, your comfort level during an outdoor run can be highly dependent on the weather, and the attire you decide upon. Most experts advice dressing in layers so that you are able to shed a layer if you get too hot. Also, make sure you clothes are able to withstand the weather outside, such as providing waterproof options for the rainy season. 

Different Terrain Adds Difficulty

Running on a treadmill can get boring pretty fast. The only variables you can change are speed-related. Some high-end treadmills may add elevation, to add some form of increased difficulty to the workout. However, running outdoors (especially if you avoid paved roads) means you are running on different terrain. Try running on muddy soil and then repeat it when the soil is dry. The experience is drastically different, as it would be if you ran on sand. The point is that this added level of difficulty is not something to be taken lightly. In fact, some studies have shown that running on natural terrain actually improves the stability of your ankle joint. Seeing as the ankle joint is one of the most common areas of injury during running, it is very important to strengthen it. Additionally, your ankles play a role in stability, and strong ankles help reduce the risk of injury. 

Running Outdoors Should Never Be Boring

Anyone who has ever run on a treadmill will tell you that boredom is a major problem. Gyms will try to put TV screens in front of treadmills to try and remedy this, but you’re not really going to be paying much attention if you’re really running. However, running outdoors with a pair of noise cancellation headphones can never be boring, especially if you take a different route every day. There’s always people to see, views to enjoy, and obstacles to overcome when you’re running outside. I highly recommend that you try choosing a few different routes to avoid getting bored of the same paths and the same views. The different weather adds another aspect that can change the experience further, so you’re guaranteed never to get bored on a run. 

Summary

You’re in control when you run outside, and the  experience can be highly exhilarating. Not only that, but running outdoors is a great way to get in shape with time-tested results.

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