The benefits of running are the same in either locale, but the experience will certainly vary!

By Caitlin Carlson
Updated: December 14, 2015

The great thing about running is that you can do it pretty much anywhere. That means it's a great fit-tivity for vacations-whether they take you to the big city or your parent's house in the ‘burbs-or if you just can't make it to your regular gym or studio. But, although you'll get a great workout no matter where you sweat, there are some things that do differ. Here's what you need to know to prep for a run on "foreign" turf. (Check out 5 Reasons Running in the Cold is Good For You, too.)

Suburbs: You must wave to everyone you pass-even total strangers.

City: You must not make eye contact with anyone-especially strangers.

Suburbs: You pass as many jogging strollers as you do runners sans strollers.

City: You pass people on Eliptigos, kangoos, and other interesting fitness devices. (See more Cardio Workouts That Burn 300+ Calories in 30 Minutes.)

Suburbs: Ahh, the smell of fresh cut grass, the sounds of birds chirping.

City: Yum, the smell of garbage and urine emanating from the subway.

Suburbs: House, house, house… Sometimes you feel like you're just not getting anywhere.

City: The views are simply unbeatable.

Suburbs: You might get chased by a dog.

City: You might get chased by a flock of angry pigeons.

Suburbs: Fashion isn't of upmost importance. (Check out these 3 Awesome New Custom Sneakers.)

City: You gotta' look fierce.

City: If you caught in bad weather, you can jump on the subway.

Suburbs: If you get caught in bad weather…

Suburbs: You can listen to your music in peace (or, listen to one of these 5 Audio Books to Power Your Next Long Run.)

City: You can half listen to music while what you really hear are horns and sirens wailing.

All images via Giphy.


Comments (1)

December 30, 2018
I agree that running is not the best way to lose weight as when I started running my belly just came out and it was so embarrassing. Then, I started drinking Luke warm water every morning and that worked for me. I think controlling diet is much better than extreme workout or running... Change your routine . ..