Essential Gear for Joggers

January 23, 2013

Thinking of getting into jogging? You’ll reap many benefits, from better health to a calmer state of mind. Jogging is also a great way to bond with friends or family—or escape them. Many people enjoy the “Me Time” or “Quiet Time” they get from their morning jogs, and find the rhythmic thud of their feet hitting concrete to be as meditative as a mantra.

You can get all these for the relatively inexpensive investment of basic running gear. Here are some things to include in your list.

Comfortable Clothes and Shoes

Look for shirt material that wicks away sweat and lets your skin breathe. As for shorts, there are split-shorts, spandex shorts, and specialty running shorts. As you really get into jogging, you may want to invest in compression tights which are great for improving circulation and give additional protection against the cold and rain.

You also need a pair of running shoes, designed to absorb the weight and provide enough support. While shoes can be expensive, they prevent discomfort—crucial if you want to jog for long periods—and injury. If you are a serious runner, consider two to three pairs of shoes so that you have a backup in case one gets wet or needs to be washed.

Sports Bra

These provide adequate support for female runners. It’s important to get the right size so that you don’t experience chafing. Here are tips on how to find the right sports bra.

Sports Watch

You don’t need a very complicated, expensive watch. You just need one to pace yourself, set goals (“I’ll run for 15 minutes!”) and to determine your time per lap. Some watches will even give real-time feedback on your pace, etc.— definitely a fun feature, but if you’re just starting out, put that money into a good pair of shoes instead.

Sun Protection

You don’t want to get sunburned, do you? And even if you run in the morning, you still need to watch out for UVA and UVB rays. Apply sunscreen before you run, and reapply every two hours. Look for those that are sweat-resistant. Sprays may be more convenient and less sticky to reapply.

About The Author:

Sarah is a writer consultant and avid jogger. She is currently training for a marathon and finds her regular runs to be the best part of her day. She likes to visit the Factory Fast website to find great deals on jogging paraphernalia.