7 Items that Can Instantly Improve Your Run

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Have you recently struggled on your runs? Or possibly lost motivation and need an extra boost? Or simply just a beginner looking to enter the sport?

This list can help runners who need that new piece of gear to get themselves back on their feet or it can educate a beginner that is just starting out in this fun sport. Below are 7 items that can instantly improve the runs of both a novice, and a pro.

1. Running Shoes

For you beginners, it is time to hang up your everyday shoes and graduate to the big leagues. Get yourself a pair of running shoes. Running shoes are the most important item needed for a good run. They will give your feet the support they need and create a comfortable experience. There is not one brand superior to others when it comes to running shoes. Like all shoes, the fit of the sneaker simply depends on the way your foot is shaped. Some shoes have a loose fit, some have a tight fit, some have a thick sole, while others are minimalistic with a skinny sole. Experiment with all these different options and learn what works best for you.

2. Socks

Socks are another crucial part of your run. Nobody likes to fill their feet with blisters. Blisters are not only painful, but they can also put your running on hold for weeks. When it comes to your socks, you want socks that are light, breathable, and sweat-wicking. Socks that are made from synthetic materials such as Nylon or Polyester can help prevent blisters and keep your foot dry. The link below offers an array of the best options when it comes to running socks.

3. Wireless Headphones

It is tough to run without listening to music or a podcast. For most runners, this is what powers them through their run. Wires are not just a hassle in everyday life, but also when running. This is why it is so important to find a quality pair of wireless headphones. With so many options, it is hard to choose which pair to get. There is no need to buy the most expensive pair of headphones, or the headphones that come from the known brand. Find a pair of headphones that provides a secure fit and are waterproof. The link below lists the top headphones for running.

4. GPS Running Watch

Now you need a way to track your miles. It is possible to track your miles through apps on your phone, but the easiest way is through GPS running watches. No longer will you have to carry your phone on your run. Running watches track large amounts of data about your runs, and can provide tips on how to better recover. Many watches will also track your heart rate. Watches can add that last piece of style that you need to complete your outfit. The main issue with running watches is the cost. This article presents a few options on the cheaper side.

5. Foam Roller

Stretching and warming up is extremely important for your body. A foam roller will allow you to effectively warm up your extremities. At first, foam rolling can be painful but, over time, your muscles will adjust. Foam rollers come in different densities, sizes, and textures. Start with rollers that are lower densities. This means that they will be softer. Then, move on to the medium, and high density foam rollers. The size of the roller depends on the area that you are targeting. Longer foam rollers, which are typically about 36 inches, are more versatile than smaller rollers, and can target areas such as your back, hamstrings, and quads. Smaller rollers are used for your arms, and chest. Textured rollers should only be used by those who have experience when it comes to foam rolling. The best way to find foam rolling routines is through YouTube.

6. Lacrosse Ball

Lacrosse balls are a great way to stretch out your feet. Runners will at one point or another, have feet that are in aching pain. This could be for a variety of reasons, one of which, your feet are not stretched out. A lacrosse ball can solve this issue.

  • Place the lacrosse ball on the floor.
  • Position the center of your foot on the lacrosse ball.
  • Move your foot in small circles while using your bodyweight to apply pressure on the ball.
  • Repeat this motion for at least 30 seconds.

7. Massage Gun

The massage gun is an item for more advanced runners. The foam roller and lacrosse ball are both great ways to open up your body but, the massage gun can take your warm-up to the next level. Massage guns can improve your recovery and your blood-circulation. They will also improve your range of motion. Similar to the running watches, massage guns are expensive. The link below lists some of the best massage guns.

Now is the time to hit the trails and have some fun! Happy Running!!

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