Keep away from Common Trail Jogging Dangers With These Tips
Running on trails can offer a much better workout than the gym treadmill. You’ll burn more calories propelling your own body weight forward rather than relying on the treadmill belt. All those natural hills tone your legs, build endurance, and can make you a faster runner. Plus, the gorgeous scenery and dodging all the puddles and fallen limbs make running more exciting, which might inspire you to run more often and for longer distances. That said, there are some risks to hitting the trails, and here’s how to avoid them.
- Bugs, bears, and other creatures: Being one with nature may mean getting a little more up close and personal than you’d like. Bugs like mosquitoes and ticks, although annoying, can be avoided with a little bug spray and by wearing lightweight long-sleeve shirts and pants to cover your skin. Bears, wolves, and venomous snakes, on the other hand, I’d rather not have to deal with. Talk to fellow runners and those that maintain nearby trails to find out which areas are safe from wild animals.
- Human predators: Unfortunately, furry animals aren’t the only thing you need to worry about. Always run with a buddy, bring your dog for extra protection, carry a cell phone and ID on you, and if it’ll make you feel safer, take along pepper spray.