Sierra Club Trail Performer

Do you find yourself having a hard time finding a trail to hike or run on? It can be very frustrating trying to find a comfortable place to exercise, especially outdoors. There may be uneven trails, creatures everywhere, or maybe it’s just too crowded for your liking.

Despite these obstacles, trail running can be a great addition to your workouts. Although, you have to choose your trail wisely (some terrains can be harsh on your muscles), running on a trail can help improve your overall performance level (Easthope et al, 2010). In addition, running outside can have a positive effect on your mood.  Spending an hour running outdoors can reduce anxiety, depression, and anger (Bodin and Hartig, 2003). Doing that outdoor running on trails can provided even more benefits.

If you have an iPhone, consider using an app like Sierra Club Trail Explorer (free) to help you find a trail that works for you. After downloading and installing, you can create a free account and enter your location, and Trail Explorer will show you trails nearest to you and their ratings. You can customize the app to your needs – want to run with your dog or bring your kids? Add filters to your search and the app will recommend the best trails for you.

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You can get the Sierra Club Trail Performer for:

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sierra-club-trail-explorer/id513203949?mt=8

Works cited:

Easthope, C. S., Hausswirth, C., Louis, J., Lepers, R., Vercruyssen, F., & Brisswalter, J. (2010). Effects of a trail running competition on muscular performance and efficiency in well-trained young and master athletes. European journal of applied physiology, 110(6), 1107-1116. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00421-010-1597-1

Bodin, M., & Hartig, T. (2003). Does the outdoor environment matter for psychological restoration gained through running?. Psychology of Sport and Exercise, 4(2), 141-153. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1469029201000383

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