Running does not require specific equipment like other training regimes; all you need to have is a pair of running shoes and off you go. But if you want to make the experience of running more exquisite and fun, there are some pieces of equipment that can help a lot.
Just remember that fancy equipments will not make you a better runner. Although they can enhance your over all athletic performance, the only thing capable of improving your fitness level and attaining your running goals is constant practice and training. Without further ado, here are the 7 essential running equipments:
1- Running shoes:
This is so obvious; you should pick running shoes wisely — don’t make a quick buying decision or you may get buyer’s remorse (and a shin splint) when you discover that you are running in the wrong shoes. Go to a specialized sports shoes store and ask for advice from a salesperson. The highest price is not always the best choice; choose within your budget and pick what is appropriate for you.
2- Running clothes:
Unless you are planning to run naked-you have to purchase some good running clothing. This decision is not complicated like buying the latest fashion design-just head to the fitness store and choose something you like.
3- Knee support:
If you have a history of bad knees, then using a knee support is crucial for decreasing the chance of injury. This piece of equipment keeps the knee well balanced and gives the confidence to take bigger challenges. It can also keep your knee aligned, thus you will develop better running mechanics.
4- Hat and gloves:
I never go running in the summer without my hat. Believe me, I love the sun. But when I’m busy running-the sunlight can be a big hindrance. I’m also an early morning runner, thus it is usually cold outside. Gloves can offer protection against the harsh conditions in the winter.
5- Sport bottle:
Hydration is an essential part of running. You may not need to hydrate during short and easy runs. But when running for more than 30 minutes, hydration is imperative. Purchase a middle size bottle and make sure to try in on before you buy it.
6- Running watches:
A great motivation tool is to monitor your progress-a watch can help you with that. With a running watch, you can know exactly how much time it took you to finish a certain distance. Some watches have also a GPS monitoring system that allows pinning down exactly your current location, so you no longer have to get lost.
Sunglasses are an option. I like wearing them when the weather conditions are harsh and intricate. They will provide your eyes with the protection they need-especially against sunlight and wind.
Most of these equipment are cheap and do not require a complex manual. You may feel that you don’t need the whole list-you are right. You know what’s best for you.