4 HILL OR MOUN­TAIN RUN­NING

Men's Fitness - - Trainer -

WHY

“A hill or moun­tain run is se­ri­ously chal­leng­ing – one of the hard­est runs you can do – but reach­ing the sum­mit gives you an in­cred­i­ble buzz,” says Dixon.

HOW

“Up­hill run­ning is a fan­tas­tic way to test your leg mus­cles, as well as your core and lower­body joints, in a dif­fer­ent way from run­ning on the flat,” says Dixon. “It’s es­pe­cially good for your glutes be­cause they must drive hard to keep you pro­pelled up­wards with each step.” When you come back down, though, watch your speed. “Run­ning too fast down­hill can cause your feet to slip, and your quads may be sore for days af­ter­wards if you work them too hard dur­ing your de­scent. The big­ger the peak, the greater the weather dif­fer­ence can be, so al­ways pre­pare for all even­tu­al­i­ties. And safety must come first – do your re­search and take the same pre­cau­tions as when you’re trail run­ning.”

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