Starting from strengthening muscles, picnics, to train confidence and refresh your mind. Let’s try cross-nature running!
The benefits of cross-nature running include not only physical but also mental and emotional elements. In other words, almost everything, right? No wonder that fans and enthusiasts of cross-country running competitions in Indonesia are increasing. We talked to Ruth Theresia and Rinaldi Firdaus, cross-nature runners about the benefits of cross-nature running for them – which could also benefit you.
Hiking across various fields, from hills to mountains to forests. Most are not in the form of horizontal terrain, but derivatives and climbs. “By running in different fields, we can simultaneously do muscle strengthening, especially in the muscles of the limbs such as calves and quadriceps,” Rinaldi said.
This was agreed upon by Ruth. “Cross-nature running strengthens the trunk muscles and lower body. For me, this is beneficial because I happen to feel my lower body is less proportional. Cross-nature running makes my lower body more durable and shaped. My endurance has also become more sustainable. ”
Picnic and Refreshing
“Running in a cool area and rich in trees, cross-nature running will make the mind fresh again,” said Rinaldi. Cross-nature running can also function as an escape from the fatigue of daily work activities. Eliminate the atmosphere of vehicle noise and urban pollution, and enter the sound of birds chirping and wind, then you will get a very different experience. No wonder many runners who live in urban areas often set aside their weekends for cross-nature running.
Running cross -nature while on a picnic? Why not? Who lives in Jakarta, can choose Sentul. Living in Bandung, there is a choice of Taman Hutan Raya. Want to explore new places? Check out recommended cross-nature running locations from Ruth.
Learn to Survive
Running cross-nature, of course, it’s a matter of returning to nature. Although she could bring her drinks, when running on Mount Gede Pangrango, Ruth chose to refill her drinking supplies in the spring. “As long as nature still provides, I choose to take from nature.” Once, Ruth had run out of drinking water while checking the route for a running competition. “We surveyed on Ramadhan Eve. As a result, the stalls closed so that no one sold drinking water. Incidentally, we found a flowing river. We also take drinking water from the river. ”
The same applies to food. Ruth found that almost all mountains grow small berries that can be eaten immediately. “It tastes sweet so it can also function as an energy booster. Other times, when we are traversing the farmer’s gardens, we sometimes ask the farmers for tomatoes. If only one or two, they would like to give.”
“Cross-nature running teaches me to understand the unyielding spirit, both during competitions and in everyday life,” Rinaldi said. “Alone in the middle of the race track, there is no choice but to keep moving forward. I have to believe in myself. ”
Ruth felt the same way. Also, cross-nature running gives a bonus of weight loss, which has an impact on increasing her self-confidence. “When I was a basketball athlete, I weighed 60 kg with a height of 157 cm. Now my weight is around 48-49 kg. This not only makes me more confident with my appearance, but my steps are also lighter when running. ”