Health Tip: Hiking or Running on a Trail

(HealthDay News) -- If you're tired of the same running routine and the same old scenery, consider a new hiking or running trial.

The American Council on Exercise makes these recommendations before you hit the trail for the first time:

  • Hike a new trail before you run it, familiarizing yourself with the new layout.

  • Don't walk or run a trail alone.

  • Carry a communication device, such as a walkie-talkie or cell phone.

  • Take a small, basic first aid kit that includes bandages, tape, a knife and antibacterial ointment.

  • Make sure any weight you carry is evenly distributed; try to carry most of the weight around your hips.

  • When going downhill, keep knees bent and don't lean back too far. Use short strides when hills are steep.

  • Run with your head up and push your arms from the shoulders, rather than from the elbows.

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