Trail Running: An Off-Road Adventure

By: Joelle Klein

Trail running is a cross between hiking and road running, and appeals to people for a variety of reasons. For some, hiking doesn't carry enough cardio oomph; others find road running unbearably tedious. Trail running is defined as running off paved roads; it could be jogging up a mountain, running on a dirt road or scurrying over rocks and roots.

Tips for a New Runner

By: Liz Neporent

The first step toward beginning a running program is, well, taking the first step. Here's how to get started.

What gear is essential for running?

You absolutely, positively must have a good pair of running shoes and a decent sports bra. We also recommend wearing a special two-layer running socks that help prevent blisters by wicking away moisture.

Run for Your Life

August 11 (HealthDay News) -- It may, in fact, be possible to outrun death -- and even the creeping ravages of time -- at least for a while.

Research spanning two decades has found that older runners live longer and suffer fewer disabilities than healthy non-runners.

And the findings probably apply to a variety of aerobic exercises, including walking, said the study authors, from Stanford University School of Medicine, whose findings are published in the Aug. 11 issue of the Archives of Internal Medicine.

Running isn't for everyone, but it's one of the best exercises you can do for your heart, your body and to burn extra calories.

It's also one of the more accessible activities - all you really need is a good pair of shoes and a place to fancy equipment or special skills.

Jogging/Running Basics

Jogging and running are as basic as exercise gets. So, put on your shoes and bound down the road -- or onto a treadmill.

Run alone or with a group. This versatile activity can be adapted to reflect your goals -- to lose weight, run a race or reduce stress. All you need is some decent shoes, a supportive sports bra and a stretch of road or a treadmill to run on.

Running is a great cardio workout, but take steps to protect your joints. Buy the right pair of shoes for your running style, weight and injury patterns and be sure to warm up and cool down properly. Learn how to minimize your risk of common problems such as stress fractures, shin splints and plantar fasciitis. Seek advice from a qualified personal trainer, the experts at your running club or an orthopedic specialist.

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