Why the first thing you do when you get to a new city is go for a run…

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.

Instead, I like to take an alternative approach. I grab my running shoes from my suitcase and head out for a run.running shoes

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.

  1. You learn your way around
  2. You find restaurants, coffee shop, or other places to check out
  3. You see the city from a unique perspective
  4. Exploring the unknown
  5. Fresh air
  6. Stimulate blood flow after hours of sitting
  7. Help reset your circadian rhythm
  8. 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.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s