If your ankles, knees, and hips ache from running on pavement, head for the dirt. Soft trails or graded roads are a lot easier on your joints than the hard stuff. Also, dirt surfaces tend to be uneven, forcing you to slow down a bit and focus on where to put your feet – great for agility and concentration (health24.com). Often when I run, it is usually with my dirtiest foot forward. So wherever you live look for the softer ground that you can run. It’s a lot more motivating getting outdoors in the fresh air. If you live near a beach, challenge yourself with running in sand. It burns the muscles!
THIS FITNESS TIP WAS POSTED IN THE SEPTEMBER 2014 ISSUE OF “THE COCONUT WIRE” E-NEWSLETTER