Summer weather might be disappointing for many of us, but it’s perfect for runners.
Studies have shown that the optimum temperature for walking on the street is between 7°C and 15°C.
Running is one of the most efficient types of exercise you can do to burn calories, lose fat and lose weight.
But you need the right gear. Here we look at how to run comfortably and safely. . .
MANY female joggers are obsessed with sneakers, bras and leggings, but socks can also be crucial when running.
And when your feet are hot, sweaty and uncomfortable, it’s no fun.
When I first tried Balega’s unisex ultralight running socks I wasn’t sure as they are very low no show socks and I was worried they would slip down.
They didn’t. They are light in the arch and top of the foot but provide better protection for the toes and heel.
They are equipped with a so-called Drynamix moisture management systemthat basically keeps your feet cool and dry while allowing free airflow for maximum comfort, performance and durability.
Not exactly cheap at £14.99, but well worth it. See runnersneed.com.
CRAZY Nutrition’s intense pre-workout formula is a vegetarian product that contains 19 ingredients for energy, focus and drive.
Run longer, harder and faster thanks to a blend of ingredients that reduce fatigue and improve circulation.
Amino acids reduce and increase the formation of lactic acidanhydrous betaine (found in beets) moisturizes muscles and vitamin C supports regeneration.
Crucially, these types of pre-workout blends taste delicious.
I tried the fruit punch and it wasn’t overly sweet and had a sorbet flavor which I really loved.
Really refreshing and gave me the energy to run for miles.
Simply mix one scoop with 500ml of water. £39.99, 500g.
A good pair of sneakers is of course essential. I recently tried a few that just weren’t right and ended up with shin splints.
Finding the right ones is a matter of trial and error. I am currently running in the Asics Gel-Nimbus 25 women’s running shoe.
I have a neutral gait and like soft shoes with lots of cushioning so these are perfect.
They let your foot breathe even in the sweatiest situations and feature special FlyteFoam Blast Plus cushioning, which provides the perfect balance of lightweight and rebound properties. Also, the midsole features an absorbent material called PureGel.
And they are the most beautiful sneakers ever – available in different colors. The downside is they cost a staggering £175 so only for serious marathoners! See asics.com.