6 reasons to hit the trails this weekend

Tired of running mindlessly on the treadmill at the gym? Or are you sick of running along the same bitumen road? Well, not only do we have some of the most incredible bushlands to explore around The Hills District, but there are also lots of great reasons to move your running sessions outdoors. Checkout just some of the benefits that trail running can bring to your health below.

1. Improved Practical Endurance: While running on a treadmill keeps you working out on a flat, stable, consistent surface, trail running is variable. This is a great boost to your practical endurance and will work muscle groups you didn’t even know you had.

2. Increase Leg Strength: Trail running pushes your muscles in a variety of challenging ways. Your muscles will grow and adapt to incline and decline running, and you’ll gain explosive speed from jumping up and off rocks and other natural obstacles.

3. Burn More Calories: The increased effort from the elevation and altitude will help your body burn more calories. If you want to lose weight quickly, you’ll burn fat much quicker doing high-intensity training on bushland trails than flat-surfaced runs.

4. Improve Your Balance: Anyone can run straight without losing their balance, but trail running isn’t quite as easy. Learning to navigate rocks, roots and all the other aspects of nature will provide you with real-world running skills.

5. Take A Mental Break: Trail running and walking has been shown to decrease worry, anxiety, and negative thoughts. Connect with nature in a meaningful, relaxing way, forget your hectic life and responsibilities and hit the trails!

6. Enjoy A Stress-Free Workout: Out on the trails, you don’t have to stress about crowds or traffic. Just you and the dirt path…and occasionally the wildlife.

If you are interested in joining a local trail running group, check out the Upper Kedron trail runners group at www.facebook.com/UpperKedronTrailRunners/

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