I’m traveling at the moment. Yesterday I traversed a few time zones and landed in a city that I’ve never been to before. Now, after several hours in an uncomfortable coach class airplane seat, it’s tempting to collapse in a heap onto the bed after checking into the hotel.
This has become a new routine of mine. No matter where I go or how long the flight is, my first activity is always the same. It’s usually not a hard run with much intensity, but it gets me out and gets my legs moving. And if I can’t get out the same day I land, a run is always the first thing I do the next morning.
Here are 8 reasons why the first thing you should do when setting foot in a new city is go for a run.
- You learn your way around
- You find restaurants, coffee shop, or other places to check out
- You see the city from a unique perspective
- Exploring the unknown
- Fresh air
- Stimulate blood flow after hours of sitting
- Help reset your circadian rhythm
- You feel more energized afterwards
So the next time you find yourself in a new city, consider the wonderful opportunity you have. Grab those running shoes and explore. Your body will thank you and you might just find that evening’s dinner destination (as I did yesterday).
This article originally appeared at Training a Runner: The Better Running Magazine.