“The trouble with running is that by the time you realize you’re not in shape for it, it’s too far to walk back.” -Franklin Jones
Running is probably one of (if not the) cheapest sports to take up. You don’t need a fancy bicycle, or a gym membership, or nineteen DVDs with rubber-bands and weights and balls and god knows what else, to get started. All you really need are sneakers, and clothes that you probably already own. If running isn’t for you though–there are still plenty of options to look into!
The most basic, and important, piece of ‘equipment’ for running, jogging, walking, even bicycling and weight training, are your shoes. While the ones shown above are directed at running, they do offer suggestions for what you should look for in a shoe if running isn’t your tempo. From top to bottom:
- Adidas Supernova Glide 6: This shoe seems to offer the best cushioning, with the most support, in a lightweight shoe. Running shoes are all about finding that sweet spot of support + cushioning without being too heavy and cumbersome. Running is hard enough to begin with, so there’s no need to add big clunky shoes that weigh you down. These babies keep your run smooth and easy while preventing injury to joints.
- Nike LunarEclipse 4: Reviews call this shoe a ‘tweener’ as in, between high stability and softness, which can be a good thing if you’re not looking to sacrifice either of those traits. Notably, these shoes prevent pronation, or the rolling of your food to the inside which can do a number on your ankles.
- Brooks Ravenna 5: These babies are all about stability, and most reviewers describe them as having a ‘peppy’ ride. By limiting the ‘softness’ in a shoe, you bounce off the ground faster in your cycle. These would be ideal if you don’t have any joint problems or a history of injuries.
- Asics Gel-Kayano 20: Asics are notoriously popular with runners because they offer a lot of cushioning and support without weighing you down. These are no different and continue to improve upon that model with extra cushioning on the top layer, and bottom layers of foam that respond to the road to keep your run from feeling ‘spongy. The best of both worlds!
- Hoka One Conquest: This shoe is 100% devoted to cushioning, as you can tell from all those layers underfoot. The curve towards the toe prevents your run from feeling too cumbersome thanks to all that aforementioned foam. These would be ideal if you tend to overpronate in your stride and need a lot of cushioning.
- Under Armour Speedform Apollo: These shoes demonstrate Under Armour’s attention to fabrics with a super sleek, seamless look. They’re good if you’re aiming to cut down on time for a race, or stick to treadmills indoors, but might not be ideal if running in the great outdoors is your preferred terrain.
While sneakers are without a doubt the most important part of the sport, other apparel choices can be a fun, personal addition to your workout. I stick with my under armour cold gear running tights in the winter, but bright shorts can liven up the routine when temperatures rise. I also adore my super soft hoodies, and t-shirts that I either steal from Jordan or buy in colors I love. Finally, some shirts benefit charities near and dear to my heart–like the Wounded Warrior Project, or the one I own devoted to the Boston Marathon Charity. So shop around and find something that makes you happy, or inspires you, when you wear it! Colors, prints, and sayings can make a run, jog, walk, or bike ride all the more fun. Lastly, you might want to invest in an arm band to hold your iPhone, headphones that will stay put, and a water bottle to hold plenty of water! Happy running!