Of all the benefits of exercise, perhaps one of the most notable is that it’s a great way to productively work off stress and frustration. Something that often accompanies an intense workout? Some equally explosive music. Not only does this elevate your existing mood—it can also distract from the reality of a difficult workout, particularly when it comes to running.
But have you ever considered going out for a run without your headphones (yes, intentionally!). This is a concept called “running naked” and it’s actually not as crazy as it seems. On an episode of the mbg podcast, positive psychiatrist Samantha Boardman, M.D. discusses how she gets motivation to approach her workouts—and running "naked" happens to be one of her top tips.