Reasons to Run at Night
Less heat, stress and fewer people on the street are just some of the many reasons and benefits of running at night. All you need are a few security previsions and you’ll be ready to enjoy healthy exercise at night.
Exercise is vital when it comes to having a healthy body. In addition the benefits are not only physical, exercise can also provide emotional benefits. Cerebral oxygenation and circulation increase while exercising which cause feelings of well-being to rush through the body.
You’ll be able to exercise without worrying about the sun, the heat, or the pressure of getting to the gym on time.
There are few activities that are as comforting as running at night. You’ll be able to enjoy moments by yourself in which endorphins are released making you feel healthy and well.
Reasons to run at night
There are so many reasons to run at night. The daily hustle and bustle can consume a large part of the day making getting to the gym difficult. Your body will respond positively if you dedicate the day to work and the night to exercise and relaxation.
- If you are active during the day and eat a balanced diet, the body will be ready to start training with more energy. This is because the body will have sufficient reserves of fats and carbohydrates for energy. Running at night will also help to burn off excess fat.
- You will be able to sleep better too. Keep in mind that after exercising the body remains active, so, rest for a while before going to bed. You will see that you will wake up with more energy in the morning.
- At night there’s less risk of being obstructed by pedestrians. There are fewer people on the street which will allow you more freedom to move around. You will not have to run into tedious jams or suffer the noise of people chattering.
- The temperature is cooler at night too and there are less ultraviolet rays. Cooler temperatures are just another benefit of running at night.
- One of the most important reasons to run at night is the relaxation it provides. Without being pressured by time, you will be able to dedicate your time to eliminate the stress that accumulates during the day. You can leave punctuality and haste aside while running at night.
There are many reasons to run at night, however, you will have to take a few safety measures to enjoy your runs.
Firstly, use reflective clothing that stands out allowing others to see you. High visibility vests or bracelets are ideal. This is especially important if you plan to run through areas with dark streets or heavy traffic.
It’s also wise to run in the opposite direction to the vehicular movement. This way, you will have more options to react if a car crosses your path.
Plan your route
Another security measure to implement while running at night is to plan the route you want to run. If you are not sure where a path will end up, it’s best to avoid it. It’s better to discover new routes during the day before taking the risk of venturing on them at night.
Have a running mate
Try to avoid running alone, running with a partner is better for several reasons. If you suffer from any mishaps, you will have someone to help you. In addition, running with another person is always a great source of motivation. Having a schedule to run with someone is also a great motivator to leave the comfort of your home.
Always carry some sort of identification and do not leave your cellphone at home. It’s also convenient to carry a flashlight to illuminate the path on your run. Having a flashlight will ensure that other vehicles and pedestrians can see you.
As you can see there are many benefits of running at night if you are prepared to apply all of the necessary safety measures. Moreover, the enjoyment you experience exercising this way will increase every time.
The fat burning, brain oxygenation and increased circulations are some advantages that will not go unnoticed. You will start to notice all of the positive benefits as soon as you start exercising regularly.
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