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What is the best surface to run on?

If you are obese, then running on the footpath is something you should definitely avoid!

What is the best surface to run on? Does running on a treadmill lead to injuries? Should I run on a footpath, or is grass the best surface?

Other than the surface, there are several other factors that can cause injuries while running. Your posture, how you land your feet and the quality of your shoes also make a difference.

Ideally, a soft surface like grass would be best for running. However, if you are not overweight or obese and run moderate distances, then even a footpath would be acceptable to run on. For the obese or overweight people looking to run long distances, footpath running should be restricted and grass would be a safer option, said Arnav Sarkar, a strength coach and fitness trainer.

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If you want to be even more cautious, you can wear protective gear like shin guards or knee guards. Also remember to change footwear after every 500 kilometres. How do you find out if you've run that much? Well, if you run for an hour 5 days a week at 6 km/h, then you will need to change your shoes every 9-10 months.

Additionally, don t run on a daily basis for a long period. Taking breaks in between will help your muscles recover, which in turn will protect you from injuries. Check out the 10 expert tips to protect your knees while running!

Running is a beautiful (and healthy!) experience and if you are looking for motivation, then check out these 5 quotes!

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