Why run on pavements and roads, when it’s healthier, safer and a lot more fun to run on cycle tracks, public footpaths and for the more ambitious runner, hills and mountain tracks.
A suitable pair of running shoes is essential. Be sure to choice compatible footwear in accordance with the terrain you plan to run on. A rehydration drink is also essential and a high energy snack bar could also come in useful.
Don’t forget a timepiece to help measure distance and time. And always remember to tell someone if you plan to run away from populated areas, such as hills, mountains and woodland.
If you plan to run on hills, mountains or in woodland, remember to always stay on the path. It’s less hazardous than the unknown. Respect your environment.
A mobile phone could also be a life saving tool, while choosing your clothing to suit the environment you plan to run in. A track suit for example,would benefit a woodland runner. Your eyes can also be protected from branches, flying insects and even sunlight with UV sunglasses which are ideal for these conditions, and will not hinder your quality of vision.
Whatever your capabilities, or level of fitness. Make running fun. For the less ambitious, try running with a friend.
As an aerobic exercise, running is up there with the best. So enjoy your workout, and watch as your stamina and fitness improve. So enjoy that ‘feel good ‘ factor that regular exercise brings!