It’s the beginning of a brand new year, and if your 2017 resolution is for a healthier you — you’re not alone! In fact, this year it’s the #1 New Year’s resolution in the U.S.1 Whether it’s changing up your eating habits or starting to train for that marathon, a new year is a great time to start a healthier you. We know that having the right tools can make it easier to reach your goals, so we’ve pulled together some important tips and found some great gear to keep your resolution on track and to keep you running safely while you’re getting in shape!
The right clothing for any run.
If you’re starting your running routine right away, you’ll probably want to forgo your winter jacket in favor of some lighter, removable layers. It’s always a good idea to keep your head and hands covered though, and there’s a good chance that you’ve already got plenty of hats and gloves that’ll do the trick!
Since running safety is a priority for all runners, if you’re heading out on a nighttime or evening run you’ll also want to consider investing in some reflective gear or lights. It’s tough for drivers to spot you on the road at night, especially if you’re wearing dark colored clothing. Road Runner has a huge selection of lights and reflectors, and you can find a ton of fun reflective clothing at Ruseen. And don’t discount the benefit of moisture wicking, well fitting clothing — nothing can ruin a run faster than chafing!
The right fit for your feet.
Wading through the sea of different types of running shoes can be pretty daunting at first, but it’s important to remember that just because a pair works for your friend’s feet doesn’t mean they’ll work for yours! Places that specialize in activewear like Fleet Feet Sports are super helpful when it comes to figuring out what works best for your feet and the way you run, and you can also check out this article from Runner’s Guru. They list their picks for best running sneakers in 2017, along with tons of info and reviews on each pair.
Once you’ve stocked up on all your gear, there are just a few more things to remember before you hit the road:
- Be aware of your surroundings.
This is rule #1 when it comes to running safety. Sticking to safe, populated, and well lit routes is always a good idea, especially during early morning or late evening hours when drivers may be more tired and less aware. And always remember that the rules of the road apply to you too! Never assume that a car will stop for you just because you’re a pedestrian.
- Run with one ear open.
Even though most of us prefer to listen to music while we run 2, blocking out your surroundings — as we just mentioned — can be risky when running outdoors. Running with only one earbud in allows you to hear cars on the road or people near you, but also lets you listen to some motivating jams like our “Challenge Yourself” Playlist! So rock on, but listen smart.
- Stay in touch.
Before you head out, always be sure to let someone know where you’ll be running and about how long you’ll be gone. Whether you listen to music while you run or not, it’s always a good idea to keep your phone on you in case of an emergency. Even if you can’t access it, running safety products like Wearsafe can send an alert to your family and friends if you need help!
Now get out there and make your running resolutions a reality — it’s your year! Let’s make it the happiest, healthiest, and safest yet.