If you jog on asphalt surfaces like tarred roads or sidewalks, the joints of your body take the most strain from the impact of the hard surface. Studies show that those who run on asphalt, concerning those who run on softer surfaces like grass are at a higher risk of suffering a tendon-related injury.
The consistency of a treadmill
If you wish to focus on pace with no external forces like wind or hills affecting your time, then consider the treadmill. If you are living in a city and you don’t have the desire, the means, the time, or the access to go to natural spaces for a jog, meaning that treadmills are your only option. If you generally don’t enjoy running outdoors, there’s always the treadmill–a treadmill. You can set the pace and the incline, with no wind affecting the experience. However, the moderately cushioned surface places a lot of strain on your hips and back. So just make sure you run on the treadmill in moderation and caution.
Stay on track!
When considering the impact the terrain will have on your body, running on the track is easier on the knees than pavement. However, change direction every few laps because the track goes in circles, your leg takes the extra strain.
Fall on your grass
The perk of running on grass is that the soil absorbs a lot of the impact which places less strain on your body and improves the strength of your legs. However, grass can be quite a risky terrain for it can be slippery and you can’t see all the potential obstacles. The chance of landing in a small hole or something is a nasty ankle-breaker.
The great outdoors
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to find a mountain to conquer. For those who live near the ocean, consider a jog on the boardwalk to catch the sunset. If you live in the city and safety is a concern, find some nature trails and get a group of friends together and make a day of it. Maybe a picnic after the jog?
What are the recommendations?
Variety is the spice of life, and this includes where you run. Most professionals don’t recommend just one terrain. Instead, they will recommend that you try including the different types of surfaces in your running regime. If you have the means to run outdoors, take those opportunities but don’t feel guilty if you don’t and go to the gym instead, you’re still going for that run!