Trail running is on the rise. Whether it"s the beautiful scenery, fresh air or the numerous physical health benefits, people are opting to head outdoors and run some dirt. We are fortunate here in Clark County to have an abundance of trails within close proximity of the city including Lacamas Lake & Round Lake Trail, Battle Ground Lake, Moulton Falls trail, Lewis River Park Trail, and Whipple Creekthe options are endless including amazing Forest Park in Portland!
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Trail Running provides incredible health benefits.
HERE ARE SOME OF THE POSITIVE OUTCOMES OF RUNNING ON DIRT:
Running on dirt is softer on your joints compared to pounding the pavement.
Running on uneven terrain and having to vary your running stride to jump over rocks, branches and roots, positively impacts your agility, balance and spatial awareness.
ENJOY STUNNING SCENERY
Getting out of the city and into the forest will enable you to enjoy lakes, rivers, waterfalls, trees, animals and so much more. There is so much beauty in our area to explore.
IMPROVES MUSCLE STRENGTH
When you run trails, you are typically going to encounter some hills and experience some significant elevation gain which will develop your leg strength and lower body conditioning.
Since you must stay focused on the terrain and where you are stepping, the time seems to pass quicker. Plus, the beautiful scenery keeps your mind off the challenge of the run.
Getting outdoors always you to breath in fresh air which is so much better for you than breathing recirculated air.
BOOST YOUR VITAMIN D
Even though you may be sheltered in the trees, you"ll still experience some exposure to sunlight. Vitamin D production which is important to our overall health and functioning and can help you sleep better, improve your immunity and increase endorphins.
BURN MORE CALORIES AND PROVIDE MORE PHYSIOLOGICAL BENEFITS
Running on a trail is more challenging than the flat pavement. When you have to deal with different terrain and elevation, your body is going to have to work harder!
Trail Running provides incredible health benefits. Get out and enjoy beautiful scenery & fresh air! Head outdoors and run on some dirt.Quoted From: https://nwpersonaltraining.com/blog/trail-running-for-your-health/