So you want to take a nice run to clear your mind, but you can’t just bolt out the door without any planning. Preparing for a run requires you to pay close attention to your body’s needs and stock up on the right tools to protect you and your skin. Sunscreen, insect repellent and pepper spray a few items to keep on hand for your exercise routine. Learn how to protect your body while working out is just as important as perfecting your stride.
Don’t Forget the Sunscreen
Yes, we know you have heard this a million times and here it is once more. Don’t forget the sunscreen! Short and long runs during the daytime expose you to all the elements, so opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. If you are concerned about acne, there are plenty of hypoallergenic options to choose from and others designed for sensitive facial skin. Also, add lip balm with SPF so your friends will concentrate what you’re saying and not your chapped lips.
Ward Off Bugs with Insect Repellent
Depending on where you live, insect repellent should also be added to your checklist. A pesky and itchy bug bite can throw your concentration and interfere with your run, so be prepared. In some cases – maybe not many, but some – bear deterrent may also be applicable. Most likely not while you are jogging through Central Park, yet during those long camping trips, it may not be a bad idea. Your safety is the number one priority against any potential threat. If you are new to the area, stop by a local Sport Chalet for details on what you should bring along for your next run and if there are animals and mosquitoes to watch out for.
Stay Safe with Pepper Spray
Speaking of safety, how often do you run with pepper spray? You may feel that your route is safe, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. It may be time to explore the different options and take pepper spray into consideration. Many runners keep the spray on their keychain or you can simply place it in your pocket on your way out the door. If you are using a hydration pack or belt, throw these items in a zippered pouch.
Before your next run, make sure you are really ready to hit the open road. Your running shoes and clothing are important, but these smaller items can mean even more to your overall health and safety.