Running is considered to be a good exercise, since it keeps the body and the mind fit. However, it is very important for the person to know the difference between barefoot running and trail running. First time barefooters might manage just a few hundred meters, while there are several experienced, who are known to have run full marathons, without any hassle. The benefits are that the runner can have improved balanced and proprioception and also feel more grounded. However, the potential harm could be that it offers very little foot protection, increase calf strain and Achilles tendinitis, Plantar pain and blisters. But some experts advocate that it reduces injury risk and foot biomechanics.
On the other hand, trail running could assists in activating and conditioning the ancillary muscle groups present in the core and legs, which offer stabilization and take off the load from the main group of muscles that is utilized for forward motion. The benefits are many ranging from strengthening the legs, better joints, air quality, change the running gait. To get on the toes, shorten the stride through proper technical selection, work on the balance through winding section. A typical trail workout is short hills, plyometrics and drills. Trail running shoes are required if not recommended. As a trail option, attack short, steep uphills, bound over roots and rocks. A few things to be aware of during a trail run include weather, wildlife, insects, injury and navigation. Begin on flatter paths and run for only 10 to 15 minutes during your first outing. Increase your time and/or distance by 10% each week. To avoid any upcoming obstacles or the upcoming terrain, keep your gaze about 10 feet ahead on the trail and not on your feet.