BEATING THE BRAIN DRAIN
Here’s what the experts recommend if you want to be fresh for every run
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.
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.