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Ignore Your Speed

Running on trails means your overall pace may be slower, because you're constantly adjusting your footing to changing terrain—rocks, roots, moss, mud, sand—Moehl says. The perks? "You'll probably stay on the trails for longer because you're enjoying the scenery," she says. (There are serious benefits to hitting the trails, like getting killer legs, so there's no need to worry about how long it takes you to finish.)

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Be Ready for Action

On the trail you might not have access to things like water fountains, bandages for blisters, or even cell service, so think ahead. A hydration pack that can also store a few extras is essential, says Krissy Moehl, an ultra runner and a coach with Revolution Running, a training club with multiple locations. Throw in a snack in case you're out longer than you expected, and pack a lightweight jacket in case the weather cools off or it rains. (Don't forget to have proper trail running shoes too!)

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Stray Off the Beaten Pavement

If you want to get more out of your run—more muscle firming, more calorie burning, more stunning views to soak in—take it off-road. "Pounding pavement can make you a good runner, but taking on trails can turn you into an athlete," says David Roche, a running coach and ultra runner in Palo Alto, California. "On a normal trail run, you'll be leaping over sticks and logs, climbing steep hills, and sprinting around switchbacks. The movements are diverse, so your body gets stronger, more agile, and skilled at propelling in multiple directions rather than just forward," he says. And all those mini challenges recruit more muscle fibers.

"When you're running on uneven ground, your thigh muscles in particular work harder than they would on flat surfaces," says researcher Alexandra S. Voloshina, who conducted a study at the University of Michigan on running on uneven terrains. Even little ups and downs underfoot elicit enough muscle action to rev your fat melt: A surface-height variability of just one inch can increase calorie burn by 5 percent, the research found. (That would mean some 40 extra calories per hour at an eight-minute-mile pace.) Then there are the hills you may encounter. The strength you build going uphill will translate to a quicker pace when you're back on pavement. "Playing on dirt works all the physiological systems that matter on the roads, like lactate threshold [the point at which lactic acid accumulates and your performance dips] and VO2 max," Roche says. Best of all, virtually anyone can take up trail running. Be creative with your definition of a trail—anything off pavement counts. Simply follow our pro tips to hit the ground running. (Then, check out these trail runners on Instagram for the ultimate inspiration.)

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Napflix: The New Video Streaming App That Puts You to Sleep

For those in the habit of watching Netflix to fall asleep at night, you know that it's all too easy to end up hooked on your latest binge obsession, watching episode after episode until it's 3 a.m. Well, now there's a new streaming site designed to target this exact problem. "We all know the feeling of insomnia.

Bandier Launches the Cutest Maternity Collection Ever

There are lots of amazing workout clothes out there, but what the heck are you supposed to wear if you want to exercise while pregnant?! Sure, your regular activewear will probably fit you for a while, but after a few months, you're likely going to need some new active pieces to comfortably sweat it out. And if you've ever shopped for maternity activewear, you know that there aren't many options available for those who want to work out while pregnant and look fashion-forward at the same time.