One of the best aspects of jogging is how simple it is to get started. The only thing to have on your mind: what to wear while running. There’s no fancy equipment needed, no bulky yoga mat to lug around, and no resistance bands or weights are necessary. You don’t have to invest in a class to run, and you don’t even need a gym pass to get started. The only accessories that can’t be skipped, as far as we’re concerned, are a great playlist and a pair of headphones.
Since your wardrobe is all you need to worry about, it’s worth making sure your running clothes will work for you. Choosing quality pieces in breathable, flexible materials, along with a sturdy pair of running shoes, is a necessity before hitting the pavement. We’re highlighting the five items you need to nail your run below, whether you’re just starting out or you’re an old pro.
Even if the area you live in stays fairly warm, the feeling of lower temperatures is heightened when you’re running. Be sure to have an athletic jacket at hand, particularly one that’s windproof. You should look for a windproof option that zips up far enough to protect your throat. The ideal windproof jacket will also be made of a lightweight, waterproof material. A hood is always a great addition in case it rains.
— Forever 21 Hooded Windbreaker (www.forever21.com)
LOOSE TANK TOP
When weather conditions are clear, the best type of shirt to wear running is a loose tank top. The top you choose shouldn’t stick too close to your body, so avoid materials like spandex, which can restrict your movement. By choosing a flowing option, you’ll avoid trapping in too much moisture, which is not only uncomfortable when you run, but it can also accumulate bacteria. Avoid cotton, which absorbs moisture like a sponge. Instead, you’ll want to invest in a moisture-wicking fabric like polyester, nylon or Lycra.
— Old Navy Sport Tank Top (www.oldnavy.com)
One of the most important items a woman can have in her athletic wardrobe is a comfortable sports bra that provides plenty of support. Sports bras are made with materials designed to mold to your frame for support. Running is a high-impact activity, so you’ll want to invest in a sports bra that’s made for high-impact sports.
— JoyLab Floral Print High Neck Sports Bra With Back Cut Out (www.target.com)
Available in sizes 1X to 4X.
Although everyday athletic leggings can be worn while running, your best option is a pair of running tights. Running tights are different from other leggings because they are specifically designed to fit like a second skin. They’re similar to a sports bra in that they mold to fit your body and are made out of technical materials that allow for a comfortable range of motion while repelling moisture. Running tights with compression panels can provide additional breathability during your run.
— Nike Pro Leggings (www.nike.com)
There’s perhaps no more important piece in a runner’s wardrobe than their shoes. This is the area of your closet you’ll want to invest in the most. A good pair of running shoes will provide support for your joints and reduce the shock of impact your body takes with every step. The type of shoe you choose will depend on the shape of your foot, but regardless of your final choice, don’t invest in just any sneaker — it should be specifically designed for running. Also, be sure the socks you wear are made out of a synthetic material that is designed for heavy activity. Cotton socks are a big no here — they hold moisture and can cause additional blistering and discomfort.
— Puma Tsugi Jun Wn’s (us.puma.com, $120). Puma has got you covered. Available in sizes 5.5 to 11.
Now you’re all set to get running.
This post was updated by Aemilia Madden.
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