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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