5 Ways to Focus Better During Your Run

It's not always easy to keep your wandering thoughts to a minimum, especially during a long run. But if you practice to turn off your mind, you can perform better.

A recent study published in Motivation and Emotion showed that when you focus your attention to one subject during exercise, you'll not only perform better, but your workout will seem faster and even potentially easier. The researchers had people walk wearing ankle weights while focusing on a cone in the distance. Those who focused while walking reported the cone to seem 28 percent closer, and they also walked 23 percent faster than those who let their minds wander.

Practicing mindfulness during a run—such as focusing on your breath or footfalls, or keeping your eye on a distant target—could have similar beneficial effects. Here are five ways to minimize distractions so you can focus better on your next run.

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