If you decide to start a healthy lifestyle with the help of running, you must have already read our posts about running rules. However, there is another important question: Where Should I Run?
People go jogging everywhere: down the city streets, in parks and forest parks, on sports grounds and, of course, in fitness clubs. But where it is better to run?
The answer is simple: you can run wherever you want. The place you choose defines the running technique and your behavior during the run.
Big city streets are the least suitable place from those listed above. But if there are no other options, it is better than nothing.
To run in the street, it is important to work on your running technique to step on the foot from the toe, gradually resting on the entire foot. Such a technique will help to amortize the step and cause minimal harm to your knees.
City streets are good as they offer versatile routes. This will make your training diverse and more interesting. This will also allow you to control the running distance.
There are also drawbacks of running at the city streets: many passers-by will interfere with your training, and you will appear on their way quite often. The air in the streets of the city is polluted with gases. Sometimes running in the city can be dangerous due to road transport. You can hardly avoid crossing the road during a long-distance run. Therefore, you should be extra careful and avoid using headphones.
Numerous parks and public gardens are also popular places for jogging. Usually there are fewer people around, if it’s not a weekend.
In parks you most likely will have to run on flat asphalt or gravel paths. On the one hand it's safe - you won’t get injured falling over a bump. On the other hand, it is more dangerous for your joints in case you fail to follow the correct running technique.
The greatest advantage of parks is clear air rich in oxygen due to the large number of plants and trees. Especially, in comparison to city streets.
Stadiums or sports fields with running tracks are perfect. These places were created specifically for running.
The main advantage - special rubber coating for low impact workouts. Your technique may be not perfect, but stadium surface is gentle for your knees. Besides, it’s easier to measure the distance and accurately assess your running pace due to special marks.
The only disadvantages of running at the stadium is boring landscapes around. Professionals don’t pay much attention to that as they are engaged in their training process. Beginners may get bored very quickly by watching the same picture again and again. It makes the process less interesting and attractive. Stadiums can’t provide captivating views, so you can try changing the place from time to time.
New impressions and diversity of views can be provided by running in the forest, in case you have one nearby. Here you can build new routes for every training session. However, in the forest even the same route may look different depending on the season or weather.
Natural obstacles that you will encounter in the forest, will make different muscle groups work. Such a run differs a lot from the monotonous load that our body receives during running on an even surface.
Do not forget about clean air enriched with oxygen. it gives the body more strength and allows you to run longer and easier.
Running in the forest have some drawbacks too. Natural obstacles, providing a load on various muscle groups, can cause injuries. It is enough to stumble on a bump to seriously injure your foot. Therefore, when running in the forest, you must carefully choose the sports shoes and plan your route. Make sure you are careful on the way.
Probably the most popular place to practice running, especially in winter is a treadmill in fitness clubs, gyms or at home.
Treadmill is almost the ideal place to practice jogging. Here you can easily adjust your pace, count calories burned, protect your knees due to special surface and add intensity due to slope. No passers-by, no obstacles, no risks. Besides, there is always a shower nearby, drinking water, a TV and all the other benefits of well-developed infrastructure.
Nevertheless, treadmills have their downsides. The first one is dry air with lack of oxygen, no matter how often the room is ventilated. The second problem is the terrible monotony of what is happening. This badly affects not only your attention, but also the body as a whole. Monotonous movements on the treadmill severely restrict the motion of muscle groups engaged in the workout. This increases the risk of injury of permanently loaded muscle groups and deprives you of the opportunity to develop stabilizing muscles and leave a lot of other muscles with no load.
So, even if you have a treadmill at home, you need to diversify your training sessions and prefer running outside from time to time: be it a park, a stadium or a city street.