Many people believe that they “need” all of the newest and most trendy running gear in order to run to their fullest potential.
The truth is, though, that you could be paying too much for things you just don’t need. Name brand clothing, shoes, sunglasses, Garmin watches, iPod holders, and headphones are just a few of the things that people deem necessary to run their best.
Advertisements make you feel that if you don’t have brand name things, then you aren’t the true runner that you could be with all of the cool gear.
Live without it
Those extra purchases like expensive GPS watches, shoes that have a pedometer built in, and iPod accessories aren’t necessary to your run. What you really need to run is a location, a pair of shorts, and your legs. Try to use what you have and make decisions that cause those extra purchases to be unnecessary, like mapping out where you’ll go before you leave the house and enjoying the sounds of the world rather than listening to music.
Look for cheaper alternatives
If you feel that you need a new piece of equipment because it’s actually becoming a burden to not have it, try to find an off-brand alternative or ask around to see if a friend has one they’re not using. Only purchase the more expensive item if you’ve done your research and you’re positive that it will really improve your running experience significantly and no other alternative will do.
Think about your needs before you start purchasing all of your wants. Going to WalMart or another inexpensive store and buying a $5.00 pair of shorts and a $7.00 shirt will get you the close you need without damaging your bank account balance.
Shoes are a fairly important part to running (unless you’re a part of the barefoot movement), and they can get pretty pricey. Luckily, there are so many kinds of running shoes that you can choose from in all price ranges that you are sure to find something great for you without spending too much. If you are a serious athlete and need a specific type of shoe, at least compare the price in multiple places and make sure it’s a shoe that will last a long time.
The type of shorts you wear won’t drastically change your workout, but the nutrients you put in your body will. In order to run to your fullest potential, you need to take care of your health by eating healthy, taking your vitamins, and drinking at least four 8 oz. glasses of water a day. Nothing is better for you then a cold glass of water and some fresh fruit.
So before you go out and buy the newest and best, think through what you really need and help yourself save some money. Running can be expensive if you choose to let it, but it can also be one of the cheapest and most cost-effective workouts you can get. Keep yourself healthy and active and enjoy your exercise.