BEAT­ING THE BRAIN DRAIN

Here’s what the ex­perts rec­om­mend if you want to be fresh for ev­ery run

Runner's World (UK) - - Training -

Go in the morn­ing

With a good night’s sleep, an early run is one of the eas­i­est ways to make sure you’re feel­ing men­tally fresh, says Fifer.

Swish a sports drink

A 2017 study found rins­ing your mouth with a caf­feinecon­tain­ing drink be­fore a work­out or run re­sulted in a higher re­sis­tance to men­tal fa­tigue.

Skip so­cial me­dia

You don’t have to steer clear al­to­gether, but avoid scrolling right be­fore a run, which can leave you ir­ri­tated, says mind­ful­ness coach Amy Saltz­man.

Cen­tre your­self

In­stead of jump­ing straight from work into a run, use your com­mute to de­com­press and shift gears with mind­ful med­i­ta­tion, sug­gests Saltz­man.

Or just breathe

How­ever, if your com­mute dou­bles as a work­out, Fifer sug­gests that tak­ing deep breaths can recharge your men­tal bat­ter­ies. Add them to your warm-up be­fore run­ning out the door.

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