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Hitting the trails? Mix in these strength exercises to boost stability on uneven surfaces:

After a long winter of circling the same neighborhood loop or staring at a treadmill screen, many runners are eager for the change of scenery that trail running provides. But sidestepping rocks and roots and navigating twists and turns doesn't just make for an exciting workout—it also puts your balance and strength to the test. These moves from Charlie Merrill, a physical therapist in Boulder, Colorado, will prepare your body to handle the terrain of the path less traveled. Jumping Lunge Works key running muscles while building power and stability To Do: Start in a lunge position with equal weight on both legs. Jump straight up into the air and land with your feet in opposite positions, and immediately lower down into a lunge. Do three sets of 20 reps, alternating legs on each jump. Monster Walk Works the glutes, which power you up hills and stabilize the hips To Do: With ...

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