Different surfaces absorb and send back forces in different ways. In the warm weather months, the opportunity to get outside and exercise is high. There are many different surface options to choose from, each of which can affect the intensity and effort put forth in a given exercise.
Running or walking exertion, in particular, can be affected by simple things such as how flat the surface is or if there are any obstacles. People often wonder which terrain is the best, the worst and how each one stacks up against the others. Runners World dove deeper into the pros and cons of each different surface, ranking them from best to worst.
Most parks around Western New York, whether a town or country park, offer several different types of these surfaces. Tracks at local high schools could also be easily accessible, but ensure they are open to the public first. Getting out and being active does not have to be dependent on a gym being open. Always make sure to stay safe and aware of your surroundings, especially when trying out a new location or if you’re alone.
For more information, please check out the Runner’s World article that we referenced. You can also get in touch with one of our strength and conditioning coaches at Impact Sports Performance for more outdoor or virtual workout ideas.
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