Top 10 Essentials for Runners
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!
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.
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.
Music can be a great motivator, so load up some new tunes and invest in some comfy headphones.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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