Running is one of the easiest ways to reach the 30 minutes of physical activity per day needed for optimal health. When the rainy season comes, though, it’s very tempting to just cancel your run for another, sunnier day.
If this sounds like you, E-Sports International has some great tips to help you keep running rain or shine:
Dress relatively light for the run; if you overdress, you’ll only be weighed down by the wet fabrics you’re wearing. Do make sure that your clothing is made of CoolMax or polypropylene, which wicks away water and sweat from the body. Also, choose water-resistant instead of waterproof jackets so body heat and moisture can freely dissipate.
Wear the Right Shoes
The grooves of your shoes must be deeper than one millimeter so it can grip the pavement properly and prevent slipping or injuries. Wear thinner socks as well since they absorb less water and thus make for a more comfortable run in the rain. If your budget allows it, consider getting waterproof running shoes, too.
When running in the rain, focus more on endurance rather than speed; it’s better to clock in slower than usual than to injure yourself and miss weeks (if not months) of training. Shorten your strides and focus on the road ahead to avoid mishaps.
Call a Friend
As much as possible, don’t run alone. In this weather, there’s always risk for accident and injury so it’s best to have a friend with you in case something goes wrong. Plus, a buddy can provide extra motivation and keep you accountable when you feel like skipping out on your run.
Keep Gadgets Dry
Most runners use their smartphone as pedometers and MP3 players, but rain and gadgets don’t mix. Fortunately, there’s a DIY solution for this dilemma: Ziploc bags! Just stash your phone in one and it’ll stay dry and safe from the rain. Don’t forget to check the seal before going on your run!
Dehydration might seem like the least of your worries during rainy-weather runs, but you’re working out just as hard and sweating just as much. Don’t forget to bring a bottle of water and take frequent sips to keep hydrated.
Rainy days are one thing, but stormy days are quite another. When whipping winds and pouring rain prevent you from stepping outside, a treadmill allows you to train at full capacity regardless of the weather outside. Should you decide to buy one, be sure to get a model that’s space-saving and made of high-quality materials like Technogym’s Run Personal Treadmill.
Running, like any form of exercise, requires dedication and consistency if you are to achieve your fitness goals. The next time it rains right before your run, we hope these simple tips will help you say “Bring it on!” instead of “There’s always next time.”
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