If you plan on getting fit in the new year and start going out for runs, then it is essential that you are prepared with the right equipment so that the whole process is one that you not only benefit from health wise but is also one that you enjoy too.
To ensure that this is the case, we have put together a helpful list of essential runnings items below. Each one of them will work to ensure that you will become an expert runner in no time at all.
A Pair of Running Shoes
A comfortable pair of shoes to go out running is the most important thing that you should get right when deciding to take up running as a means of getting fit. The ones that you purchase should be specifically designing for running in and should not be designed for any other sports, i.e. a tennis shoe. It is only a pair of running shoes that will provide you with the required level of comfort and support. This is why it is best to try several pairs on before committing to a purchase and do so from a specialist running store when you can speak to the staff there and get some advice. Some will even go as far as analyzing your gait so that they can match you with the perfect pair of shoes. For a good pair, you should expect to pay anywhere between $70 and $100.
A Sports Bra
This one is for the women runners out there. Regardless of what size your breasts are, you should never set out on a run without wearing a well fitting sports bra – that is if you want to protect yourself from effects that gravity has on them whilst you are running. This is because the act of running can stretch the ligaments around the breast, causing irreversible lengthening. Whilst a normal bra will reduce around 35 % of movement, a specialist sports bra reduces movement by almost 60%. You can expect to pay between $25 and $50 for a comfortable, well fitting sports bra.
A Drink Carrier
Even first time runners understand the importance of keeping well hydrated when putting in the miles during a run. This is because you can lose large amounts of liquid through sweating – even when going for a short one. This then obviously needs to be replaced with either water or a specialised sports drink. In the world of running there are a number of different ways in which you can carry a drink with you. The most conventional, of course, is the humble water bottle. These now come in a range of different shapes and sizes that suit your personal preference or style. For more info click here to see the wide range of bottles available at usimprints.com.
Other useful items that you should also consider purchasing before heading out on your first run include a sports watch, a technical running shirt, a training log, and a lightweight running jacket.