Trail running is beginning to give road running a run for its money in terms of its popularity thanks to the wide range of benefits heading off-road can have. A lot of road runners are eventually forced to hang up their trainers due to the sheer strain that pounding the pavements can have on their bodies.
Trail running on even the most technical of terrain has proved to be less demanding on the body, making it an ideal sport for those wanting to run right the way into their old age. Read on to find out more about the benefits of trail running, and check our beginner’s guide to trail running to find out what you need to get started.
1) Trail running causes fewer injuries than road running
Road running is synonymous with injury – knee, back and glutes, are common complaints amongst regular road runners. This can be due to running technique and poor shoe choice, but is also related to the impact of running on hard surfaces on your body from running coupled with the fact that road running is a very repetitive movement.
Running on the softer terrain of a dirt track, forest trail or grassy field lowers the impact on the body reducing the number of injuries. In addition to that, trail running can also help with injury prevention – running along varying surfaces forces the body to twist and turn which actually strengthens the stabilising muscles in your legs and helps to absorb the overall impact of running on your body.