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Top 10 Essentials for Runners

Mar 17, 2013

Spring is in the air, and that means it’s time to get outside and get active. Running is a great way to get your heart rate up and keep fit, but if you’re thinking of taking to the track and leaving the competition in the dust you may need to pick up some things first. Check out the Top 10 Essentials for Runners!

No.10: Sunscreen

It may not seem like it’s warm enough for this yet, but if you’re planning on going on long runs, sunscreen is a must-have as we go into the summer months.

Coppertone Sport SunscreenCoppertone Sport is perfect for runners who may sweatCourtesy of Coppertone
 

No.9: Running Socks

Cotton socks just won’t do it when it comes to running, you need something that won’t chafe in the summer and keeps sweat away, look for synthetic socks for summer and wool blends for winter runs.

Running SocksNike Dry-Fit Running SocksCourtesy of Nike
 

No.8: Music

Music can be a great motivator, so load up some new tunes and invest in some comfy headphones.

Running with headphonesMusic can be a running motivatorCourtesy of authoritynutrition.com
 

No.7: Bag of Frozen Peas

This one you don’t have to take on the run with you, but it’s a smart idea to keep a pack of these in the fridge in case you overdo it and your muscles need icing.

Frozen PeasFrozen Peas are great for sore musclesCourtesy of Green Giant
 

No.6: Lightweight Jacket

It’s not quite summer yet, and you don’t want to catch a cold while you’re exercising, so invest in a light jacket.

Running JacketNike Vapor Flash Running JacketCourtesy of Nike
 

No.5: T-Shirt

When you’re starting out, any old t-shirt will do, but if you get serious about running you may want to upgrade to a material designed to wick away sweat.

Running T-ShirtBamboo Charcoal T-ShirtCourtesy of made-in-china.com
 

No.4: Running shorts/leggings

Just like with the T-shirt, you don’t need anything fancy when you’re just starting, but if you stick with the running regime you’ll need something more high-tech to keep away the sweat.

Running ShortsZumba Escape Running ShortsCourtesy of Zumba Fitness
 

No.3: Watch

Even if you’re just trying to get your heart rate up, a sports watch can help you see if you’re improving (and let you know when you’re done.) You can also download Apps to a smartphone that will time you.

Sports WatchBreo Sports WatchCourtesy of Breo
 

No.2: Water Bottle

Whether it’s filled with water, or a more complex energy drink, it’s important to keep hydrated, so don’t forget this one at home!

Water BottleRubber Maid Filter Fresh Water BottleCourtesy of Rubber Maid
 

No.1: Runners!

There are some hardcore runners who claim that running barefoot is the only way to go, but for the rest of us it’s just important to have a great pair of sneakers that give you enough support.

Top 10 Essentials for RunnersYou can't run without runners!Courtesy of Kora Organics
 

Have Your Say

Are you a runner? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

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labimba
labimba posted in Style:
Neko girl I have to get back in shape for September if u want we can be training buddies!  :)  
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animallover468
animallover468 posted in Style:
EndlessDream is right. Skipping breakfast and lunch can result in stomach ulcers and sudden weight gain (had personal experience...), ESPECIALLY skipping breakfast! You have to incorporate exercise in your daily routine. Stomach and body fat is mostly caused by lack of exercise, and maybe that means you need to do toning exercises. Try doing simple exercise videos like the 3-mile powerwalk on YouTube (trust me, I sweat like crazy when I do those workouts). Anything that gets you sweating, is the kind of exercise you need to do.  I hated working out when I first started my weight loss journey too. I would always start wheezing every time I started working out. But after pushing through everyday, I think working out is one of the best stress busters I've ever had!  If you want to lower your appetite though, I suggest eating a full lunch and breakfast and skipping your dinner. If you can't skip dinner, then at least try aiming for an early dinner, around 5:30 or 6:00. Your body needs time to digest at least 4 hours before you sleep. I started gaining weight around puberty when I was 12, it could be the same for you too.  But honestly, there's nothing wrong with having consciousness about your weight. Now starving yourself and dieting is BAD, but there's nothing wrong with changing your lifestyle in order to be fit. It's a good thing that kids start caring about their health, and the earlier you start, the better off you are. 
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EndlessDream
EndlessDream posted in Style:
You need breakfast and lunch. Starving yourself, even if you aren't hungry, makes you loose energy to the point you could pass out from not eating. Keep your diet healthy. For breakfast, at least have yogurt, fruit, and juice. Drink at least 4 full glasses of water a day. Trim down on the snacks. Everyone has different bodies and build. You may just be large-boned. And that's not bad! That makes you stronger and higher ability to gain muscle. Loosing weight doesn't happen over night. It can take months. 
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Nekogirl101
Nekogirl101 posted in Style:
For years my parents would tell me I'm skinny but compared to other people, my waist was bigger and I would always hide it. Though it was obvious I weighed more, I've only been doing this for a week and I didn't ever tell anyone what I was doing until my parents found out. I would skip lunch and breakfast and say I was full. I only ate a big dinner every night. Once my parents found out, they said it was unhealthy and if I didn't  stop, I would develop an eating disorder. I obviously listened to them, but I've tried as best as I can so far. I have barely lost any weight from exercise and my parents won't let me go on a diet because I already 'eat healthy enough'. I want to lose weight without exercising being 3/4s of my lifestyle. I know, I'm a lazy idiot for saying all this.
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rainbowpoptart
Yes, purely for the fact that you should not "hate" your sister (or anyone, for that matter).  I'm guessing by "get in trouble for her", you mean she does something wrong and the blame is all put on you? Yeah, little siblings tend to do that a lot. My brother did for the longest time, until my parents found out how much a liar he is. She, hopefully, will grow out of this eventually. Either that, or your parent[s]/guardian[s] will eventually see through her. You lose your friends to her? By this do you mean your friends want to hang out with her and they want you to tag along and you don't? Or do you mean your friends chose your sister over you? If it's the latter, then perhaps you shouldn't have ever referred to those people as friends. You'll find friends who'll prefer you over your sister, I'm sure of it. The only thing I can tell you to do is try to get along with your sister. Every group of siblings has their cats and dogs moment in life, but they grow out of it (most of the time; there are, of course, circumstances where it doesn't work out that way). Please be grateful for your sister, even if you two fight a lot. You never know how much you need something until it's gone.
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