Trail Running Can Up Your Calorie Burn by 10%

Take to the trails to keep things interesting and burn major calories.


Did you spend the summer on the treadmill, escaping the heat? Its time to get outside and off-road.

Trail running—with its uneven terrain—can increase your calorie burn up to 10%. And its generally gentler on your bones and joints than pavement. Follow these tips to make the switch safely and smoothly.

Plot your route
Find interactive trail maps at sites like,, or

Get the right gear
If you plan to go off-road a few times a month or more, invest in a pair of trail-running shoes, which have treads that provide extra traction and will keep you steady on loose dirt, rocks, etc. Look for a pair that fits snugly in the heel and has room in the toe to prevent blisters and bruised nails.

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Jenny Hadfield
Last Updated: August 25, 2009

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