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For people who like to run, one of the best things about traveling is that it offers new places to explore and create routes. At the same time, running is often an easy and time-efficient way to learn a new city.
In many parts of the world, adventurous running may require topographical maps, satellite radios, prepaid phone plans, and an eye for safety. In major American cities, though, the best places to run are usually safe and easy to find, meaning that all you need before stepping outside is an idea of where to start.
Based on paths, climate, and running community, here are six of the best American cities to run in, listed in no particular order:
Home to the University of Colorado, Boulder is hard to beat both for its running community and its geographic location. Boulder is often described as America’s running capital, and its running community reflects that title. In Boulder, you can find world-famous runners training among thousands of others who treat running as a serious pastime. Boulder is perfectly situated right at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. When visiting, run west from the city and try any of the dirt paths heading upwards. The views, terrain, and company will be sure not to disappoint.
What Chicago lacks in climate it makes up for in running atmosphere – especially for a visitor to the city. Regardless of whether you’re staying on the North Side, downtown, or on the South Side, you probably aren’t too far from the lake. Heading east will therefore bring you to the lakefront path, which stretches over 25 miles and provides great views of the city skyline. Crowded year-round, it may also provide you with some impromptu running partners.
The Boston Marathon is the American pinnacle of distance running, and any visitor to the city – at any time of year – can run the last few miles down Commonwealth Avenue to the finish at Copley Square. But the city offers runners more than just the marathon. Try the paths along the Charles River, for example, which manage to be serene and peaceful while also providing great views of the city in the process.
Our second Colorado city on the list, Colorado Springs excels as a running destination for one key reason: altitude. A visitor to the city has numerous mountain trails to choose from. If you don’t mind risking a twisted ankle – and if you’re properly acclimated – you can find paths that leave the city and go on for miles and miles. The high altitude location is also popular with professional runners and dotted with running stores, so it shouldn’t be too hard to get advice regarding the best trails.
The nation’s capital is home to more park space per acre than almost any other city in the country. This gives visitors a wealth of running options, with Rock Creek Park foremost among them. But a traveler to D.C. may be best served by running along the National Mall area and along the Potomac. There are limitless sights to see and views to take in, and few runs in the country can compare when it comes to history.
As a running destination, San Diego has two very strong things going for it: the weather and the beach. Sunny and comfortable year round, there’s a good chance you’re going to want to get outside while visiting San Diego. Fortunately, there are several beach-side parks and paths to choose from – in addition to running on the sand itself. An evening run during sunset will convince even the most hardened enthusiasts that running is best enjoyed in perfect weather.
There are certainly many more American cities with great running options, and even more where running can still afford a great travel experience. But if you’re traveling to any of the above six cities, be sure to make an extra effort, get outside, and go for a run.
In these days people are forced to live in a very fast moving life. In today’s life style people have to travel long distances for their work places and return home by evening. In the midst of the fastness people usually forget to think deeply about their food. The often take foods which are easily available and consumable. They never concentrate on the quality of the food they have to take. Thus in the mean time, they may be forced to take even fast foods to quench their hunger. Fast foods are prepared with high fat content and certain taste makers which are poisonous to the human body. Moreover these fast foods have no nutritional value at all. Hence they are totally harmful to human body. The constituents in the fast food and their cooking media are favorable to increase the body weight of the consumer. Hence those who are willing to control their body weight by reducing the fat consumption must avoid fast food in all respects. Homely foods are highly desirable for a healthy body.
Another way to reduce excess fat for maintaining good health is to consume balanced diet. Balanced diets are foods which contain all essential nutrients with high nutritive value. In this diet all essential elements are found in proper concentration. Hence balanced need not be taken too much. A minimum quantity of balanced diet is suitable to support a healthy body. Hence consuming balanced is the ideal way to control excess fat in taking. Foods having low calorific value with high fiber content is very good far a reduced fatty diet. Oats is the ideal food which is highly recommended in this category. Oats are grains which have very low calorific value comparing to other foods available. The cholesterol content in oats is determined as zero. The fibers in oats work as sponges and absorb fat content present in human body tissues. Hence oats are very good low fatty food for maintaining good health.
Healthy and nutritious foods are considered as the general medicines of human beings. If people can rely on nutritious healthy food always, then they need not fear about any unhealthy conditions in their life. Unhealthy food deposits impurities in our blood whereas nutritious and healthy food clears blood to a greater extend. An individual’s health foundation starts from his embryonic stage. That is why women are advised to take high grade nutritious food during their pregnancy stages. In addition to healthy food pregnant women should take milk and fruits daily. Milk and fruits are capable to provide essential vitamins and minerals to pregnant women. As far as these pregnant women are concerned folic acid is very important. Folic acid is one among the important vitamins and is an inevitable factor for the development of embryonic nervous system. Since brain is the first part which usually develops in a fetus the presence of folic acid in the blood of pregnant lady ensures well developed brain and nervous system to the respective embryo. Hence, the presence of folic acid in the diet of pregnant women can avoid the birth of mentally retarded children to a greater extend.
Human body needs healthy food for the proper functioning of hormonal and metabolic activities taking place. The scarcity of essential boosters to the above mentioned body functions, makes hormone deficiencies and poor metabolic growth in the body. On account of hormone deficiency and poor metabolism men usually suffer hair falling and infertility. People suffering from hair falling are advised to take egg, milk and fruits to makeup the hormone deficiency. Similarly dry fruits like Dates and Badam are advised for people suffering from infertility in addition to milk and egg. Hence to make people free from various health problems they are advised to take milk and egg in addition regular nutritious food.
Controlling weight and caring body health should be continuous process in all aspects. Hence body caring must be in full swing in all seasons of the year irrespective of rain winter or summer. If only this can be carried out carefully, better health can be maintained. In order to achieve this successfully people must rely on seasonal healthy foods in addition to regular exercises and walking. These techniques will enable people to gain health skin as well as healthy body. Fruits and vegetables are the various food items available with respect to various seasons. If we can consume these fruits and vegetables with respect to their availability then we will be in sound health through out. Since fruits and vegetables contain minerals and vitamins in abundance, they can be considered as the better alternative for ideal balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables which are available seasonally are capable to keep man in good health all the time. More over, they can be refreshed and rejuvenated all time by taking these foods regularly.
In additional to these seasonal foods if people can take milk and eggs also, nothing extra is needed to maintain better health. Fruits and vegetables are very good supplementary food for eyes, skin, hair, bone, teeth and hemoglobin found in blood. The diet we usually consume are suitable to apply externally also. In this regard certain fruits, vegetables, vegetable juice and fruit juices are recommended to use in our body and face. Fruit juices and vegetables have certain tendencies to reduce our body heat. Hence they are highly recommended for using during summer seasons. No vegetarian foods and dishes are not suitable to develop cool in human body. Hence they are not ideal especially during summer season. In addition to these nutritive foods, people must drink enough water every day. Since water is the main constituent of human body tissues drinking enough water will enable tissues to perform better metabolic activities. Thus seasonal diet and water consumption have key roles to develop better health.
Year’s ago people had to work hard for finding their living means. During that time majority of people’s job was cultivation. The people who had performed office jobs and other governmental jobs were negligible. More over there were no vehicle facilities at that time as if we are experiencing nowadays. Hence people had to walk long distances for reaching their destination. The only vehicle which was common during that period was bicycles. Since walking and bicycle riding were very good body exercises there were no needs of extra exercises for those people who rely on bicycles and walking. Thus even office going people were in good health condition because of their to and fro walking and bicycle riding. But nowadays there are facilities of two wheelers, three wheelers and four wheelers in addition to regular bus services. Hence people have no need to walk even to cover short distances. Thus these advantages minimized the body exertion of people on a large scale. That is how the need of separate physical exercises aroused among people for maintaining good health condition.
Regarding various health exercises nothing is better than simple walking. On e hour walking in the morning and evening is sufficient to ensure proper health condition to people who have no physical exertion during day hours. If open place can be chosen for walking people can breathe fresh air during morning. Morning hours ensure unpolluted air in all respects. Other fitness activities similar to walking are swimming, bicycling and running at minimum speed. All these activities are capable to provide all body movement and hence they are good exercises also. Other body fitness activities are exercises, weight lifting and body building. Since all these activities are to be performed indoors the advantages of fresh cannot be enjoyed for those who prefer body building and weight lifting. But all these activities are very good for keeping good health in all respects.