In addition to being a great way to get in phenomenal shape, both from a cardiovascular and physical standpoint, running is also a wonderful way to work through stress and practice self-care. That’s probably why it’s quite popular in the U.S., with statistics from 2017 finding that more than 60 million run, jog and do trail running in this country. If you want to get in on those numbers, you might be wondering where to start. Walking first and slowly picking up to jogging helps. Joining a running group to get you motivated certainly lights a fire. But nothing gets people more excited about taking to the streets, or working out in general, than having the right gear to support them. That can be some new, colorful attire, or something as simple as a lightweight running belt in a fun hue.
In the spirit of marathon season, including the upcoming New York City Marathon in November, I gathered up some running essentials for beginners that have been beyond helpful in my journey to becoming a consistent runner. They’re simple items and range in price.
Here’s to all the future road runners! No better way to get started than by taking those first steps on the sidewalk, trail or track — and having these products with you.
When you’re first getting started pounding the pavement, for some, a real “pounding” can happen to the body. For me, specifically, I found myself with some leg pain and Tylenol’s latest product, the Precise Cooling Pain Relieving Cream, which is not sticky, certainly helped me get back out there faster. Using lidocaine and menthol, the product goes after pain receptor nerves to help block pain signals and give you a reprieve from discomforts as you find your best form.Available at Tylenol Amazon Store
Be ready for the road, whatever that “road” is for you (could be the park, the trail or the track) in shoes with supreme cushion. The latest Infinity running shoe from Nike certainly doesn’t disappoint thanks to the ReactX foam, which helps you feel like you’re bouncing with every step, truly supported.Available at Nike
For some people, running without music gives them the opportunity to think, clear their minds after a long day or to start it in a peaceful way. For others, especially newbies to the trail, running without music, and exercising in general sans sound, is agony. For the latter folks, get some lightweight earphones that will amplify the sounds that motivate you but also stay in and fit comfortably.Available at Beats by Dre
If you don’t mind running with your phone or keys in your hand, more power to you. However, for those who want to have their hands free while on the move, you need a good running belt. A proper one, like this option from Fitgriff, is sweat resistant and can expand to fit your items without becoming heavy and burdensome. Strap it around your waist and get going.Available at Fitgriff Amazon Store