Improved practical endurance
Unlike running on a flat, consistent and stable treadmill, trail running is variable. Trail running provides an excellent boost to your functional stamina and concentrates on muscle groups you didn’t even know you had.
Increase leg strength
Trail running pushes the limits of your muscles even further than it could through a variety of challenging ways. The muscles grow and adapt to running uphill and downhill and gain explosive speed and power from jumping off rocks and other natural obstacles.
The soft and relatively mild impact offered in trails will significantly reduce the pounding on your knees. Trails can benefit those runners seeking softer surfaces; however, injuries need to be avoided caused by technical terrains.
Quality of air
Trail running through the mountains enables you to break free from the shackles of city pollution and breathe in good condition of air. You can feel the difference when fresh mountain air is breathed in as opposed to the constant carbon monoxide emissions from each car.
Consistent incline training will lead to increased development of your running muscles. You will observe you can go much faster on flatter surfaces after regular incline training. The altitude running on mountains will improve your cardiovascular capabilities enabling you to push yourself faster with minimal effort.
Burn more calories
The consistent effort from high altitude trail running can help your body burn more calories due to the level of altitude impact on the body. If you wish to lose weight rapidly, you can burn fat much faster by performing high-intensity training on mountain trails than flat surfaced ones.
Improve your balance
Learning to run on different terrains will help you navigate through rocks, fallen trees and other natural obstacles which provide you with real-world running skills.
Treadmill running involves running dull while zoning out of the exercise by focusing on music, talking or Netflix. Trail running, however, trains you to keep your head up, eyes straight and mind focused and active.
Break free of monotony
Treadmill running is quite dull and boring, making it hard to sustain it as a long-term workout plan. Trail running gives you the opportunity to try and attempt something new and experience the joy you receive from trail running.
Take a mental break
Trail running across mountains and different terrains have been proven to decrease the levels of anxiety, worry, and negative thoughts. Trail running enables you to establish a deep connection with nature luring you into a state of relaxation and away from the busy hectic of life.
Improve running technique
Due to the uneven terrains of the trail, you will tend to take shorter strides. Shorter strides will guide to avoid landing on your heel and eventually you will develop a faster stride rate landing on your midfoot.