Lace up and Get Out the Door: The Essential, Helpful and Fun Running Gear
Many people see jogging not only as an incredibly fun activity, but also as the best cardio workout. That being said, it is usually a bit difficult for newcomers to get into it right off the bat because they might find it hard and a lot of them quit after only a short amount of time. If you are interested in running, then there are a few items that can help you get started the right way.
There is no running gear that is more essential than the running shoes. The biggest mistake that new runners make is starting out in any old pair of sneakers that they have lying around thinking that their already worn-out so they might as well get some use out of them. Improper footwear is a major deciding factor on whether or not you will even make it to a second day of running as it might make your experience a horrible one right from the start. Never skimp on this particular piece of running equipment and always go for the best pair that you can find. Look for ones that have enough space for your toes in the front so they don’t cause blisters and make sure that they can hold your heel in place and that they have firm but comfortable soles.
The next two items you should consider getting are as different in their use as they can be, but can prove to be a big help to you depending on what time of day you decide to go for a jog. They are the sunglasses and running headlamp. The running headlamp is a particularly useful piece of headgear for anyone that enjoys the fresh night air when running, but doesn’t enjoy not being able to see where he is going. Joking aside, the running headlamp is incredibly useful if your regular route isn’t well lit at night, or if you would like to try an equally badly lit new road. You can even find one with a hand-wave on/off control for easy activation, which is kind of cool if you ask me. The sunglasses, on the other hand, can help you keep the blinding rays out of your eyes, and if they are paired up with a hat, can also provide a little bit of added protection on days with particularly harsh heat.
Finally, you should also consider bringing along a running vest or a shoulder strap where you can put your phone or iPod. Running can be incredibly fun and rewarding, but some day it can be difficult to get yourself going or stay motivated. This is where the tunes come in. Find some music you like or some that can get your blood pumping and play it while you are out running. Not only can this keep you going for a bit longer, but it will take your mind off things and you will enjoy the time you spend jogging more.