by Diana Kohnle, MedicineNet.com, link to original post
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.
These guidebooks offer trails that are great for running:
Take Your Bike – Family Rides in New York’s Finger Lakes Region
Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Finger Lakes & Genesee Valley Region
Take Your Bike – Family Rides in the Rochester NY Area