Living in both Southern California and Montana provide readily available perks for outdoor adventure. I usually reserve my outdoor time in San Diego for hiking in preparation for the altitude that comes with hunting in the fall while in Montana. Because we are at sea level, I tend to spend time conditioning with longer hikes or trail running to keep the heart rate up.
Exercise, as science has repeatedly shown, makes you sharper. But a midday run won't always do. To get the most out of your mind at work, you'll need to weave fitness into your entire day. It's a change you won't regret.
Wake Up to the Sun—and Run
Start your day with a run. Outdoors is best—more time in the sun ups your level of vitamin D—but don't discount the gym. If you're not dead-set on u...