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During Victorian times, the essentials for runners were a little different from today. You’ll be interested and tickled to know that runners used champagne as an energy drink. Today, alcohol-based drinks are not (unfortunately) even remotely considered for running! Because of the evident side-effects such as dehydration and dizziness.
For an up-to-date look at what you’ll need for a safe and comfortable run, below are four things to consider investing in.
It may be tempting to save a few dollars by sourcing out old trainers you haven’t used in a few years (or decades) to begin your running journey. However, this isn’t the way to go if you want a comfortable, light-footed run. If you’re unsure when to buy new running shoes, try checking the following; whether the trainers fit and if the soles have lost their grip.
With every footstep you take running, your feet bear the brunt of your entire weight, and continuously absorb the impact. And so, finding running shoes that shall adequately support your feet and keep them cool is necessary to get the most out of your run.
If you’re on a budget for running essentials, make finding and buying the right running shoes your top priority.
Drink water before, during, and after your run to keep your mind and body hydrated. While exercising, your body will sweat excessively, partially in an attempt to cool your body down. As a result, it’s possible to become dehydrated after working out if you don’t drink enough fluid.
As a solution, you can purchase small runner bottles shaped like a handle, which you can easily hold and sip while you run.
The second most important thing you need is a sports bra to support your chest from the impact and shock caused by running. Choosing and wearing the wrong sports bra will cause unnecessary pain and sores. To find a suitable bra, why not venture into your local sports shop, and try on a few. In doing so, you can find out what fits, what’s comfortable.
Test your chosen sports bras by lifting your arms high to ensure the bra doesn’t rise, and emulate some jogging motions in the changing room, to check out the support.
Taking your mobile is essential for your safety. In case you; accidentally run in the wrong direction and get lost, or you fall and have an accident. Your mobile gives you the means to contact someone for help.
On a positive note, if your run is along a scenic route, you can take some pictures along the way and get into a running rhythm by listening to some upbeat music.
Running is a free, enjoyable way to get your body moving, and has numerous health benefits such as;
- Alleviating signs of depression
- Shifting stubborn weight
- Releasing a surge of feel-good endorphins
- And potentially increasing your lifespan.
Finding the right gear to use and run with is all a part of helping you to fall in love with your new fitness regime.