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Video:Tips for Places to Run

with Kaytie Sproul

Deciding where to run can be difficult, since there can be so many options. If you're looking to change up your routine, here's a quick and easy guide on where to run.See Transcript

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Transcript:Tips for Places to Run

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul here for About.com, and today I'm going to give you some tips for where to run taken from About.com's Running and Jogging site.

Running is an extremely convenient form of exercise because you can simply head out your front door and start your workout immediately. If you're looking for some new ideas to shake up your routine, consider the following.

Business Districts Offer Education Places to Run

While sidewalks around your neighborhood may get old fast, running in downtown areas and business districts will be both interesting and educational as you survey the in's and out's of local commerce. This is the perfect place for an early morning run as the sidewalks will be relatively empty, and ideal for the evening because each block will be well-lit.

School Tracks Are a Great Places to Run

Sidewalk running, however, can be a bit hard on our bodies, so you may want to limit this choice of venue to once or twice a week. If you're hoping to go easy on your joints, consider running at the local high school track.

Most high school track's are open to the public and have softer surfaces than asphalt or concrete. It's also easy to keep track of your distance since standard tracks are 400 meters. The only drawback to this option is that the hours of availability may be limited, as the school's sports schedule will take precedent over public access.

Local Parks and Trails Can Be Crowded Places to Run

Local parks are great because they provide a change of scenery and cater to variety of recreational activities, running included. Their manicured lawns and walkways make it easy and safe to get the most out of your run, and they're generally dog-friendly, which is great for those of us who love to run with our pets. However, there will be certain times of day when they're incredibly crowded or busy, especially if there's a playground available.

Trail running, whether around your neighborhood or on community trails, is a fantastic option for those who love all things outdoors. The flora and fauna will offer beautiful sights for your workout and the dirt trail will provide an easy-impact surface for your routine. Trails tend to be packed on the weekends with runners, bicyclists, and those out for a casual stroll, so this may not be the ideal choice for someone who prefers a more secluded experience.

Beaches Are Beautiful Places to Run

If you're lucky enough to live near the ocean, the beach is an ideal place to run. Those looking for a low-impact surface will love the wet sand closest to the water; but dry sand is great too and will give your legs a good, hard workout. Beyond the beautiful view, the constant breeze will keep you cool and you can soak up plenty of Vitamin D. The only drawback here is that it may be too cold for your taste in the winter, and too busy with tourists in the summer.

There are plenty of exciting options to choose from when running outdoors that will keep you both enthusiastic and motivated. Whether you pick your favorite and stick to it, or mix things up daily, any of these locales are sure to keep you on a successful path.

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