The benefits of running at night - Women's Running

The benefits of running at night

Author: Kate Sellers

Read Time:   |  October 19, 2021

As the evenings draw in, many of us will be heading out for a nighttime run. We find out the benefits of running at night – and how to run visible

Whether you love running in the evening to reset after the day or just don’t have enough hours to run in the day, there are plenty of us who go out for a nighttime run.

Brooks have just launched their new Run Visible collection, which helps us runners to stay seen at night. They’re celebrating by shouting out about the benefits of running after sunset and their top safety tips. We asked them to share…

Stress relief

We all have a tough day at work sometimes. There’s nothing like running the day’s cares away on the pavement – it’s the perfect moment to blow off some steam, relieve stress and put us in the right headspace to enjoy the rest of our evening.

Better for your body

When you start your day with running, your body often needs time to wake up. In the evening, research suggests that your muscle temperature reaches its peak, which means it’s a lot easier and quicker to get into that running groove once you get started.

Full focus

The ambience at night differs completely from the ambiance during the daytime. There’s usually less traffic about and things seem more tranquil. It can feel as though the streets are all yours! With less distractions, you can focus more on your form and your body, helping to prevent injury and increase your internal awareness.

Staying safe

Brooks believe that we should all have the freedom to run from dusk until dawn, without having to worry about being visible. That’s why they’ve joined forces with the scientists from 3M, to learn how the human eye discerns people and objects in low- and no-light conditions. The findings lit the way (pun intended!) for their Run Visible collection: products with high-contrast colours and innovative retroreflective material to help drivers identify you from 180 metres away. You can find out more here.

Written by

Kate Sellers

Kate Sellers

Kate is our Senior Digital Executive and a keen runner. She's also a qualified Personal Trainer and yoga teacher, so she knows her stuff about workouts, cross-training and stretching. She loves to combine running and exploring, so you'll often find her testing out the latest kit in exciting locations across the UK and beyond. Kate champions exercising for enjoyment. "Most of the year, you'll find me running for fun and wellbeing," she says. "That being said, I do still love the thrill of training for a race from time to time!"

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