Every runner knows how important it is to keep hydrated. However, carrying the water with you can sometimes be a pain. Runners don’t always want to carry a backpack, uncomfortable bottles around the waist, or even a tiny hand-held bottle in one hand. But, you always need to have some way to hydrate when you run. Even if it’s winter, hydration – and dehydration – can affect your performance. Water belts are an effective way to carry your water bottle without negatively impacting your workout. If you are still not sure about buying one, here’s what you need to know.
5 Important Facts About Water Belts
- They don’t affect your running style
You might think that carrying multiple bottles around your hips as you run would be distracting. In fact, you may have thought it would have a detrimental effect on your running form and rhythm.
But with ergonomically-designed water belts that allow you to run hands-free, you will see drastic improvements in your running style. Instead of slowing down at a water stop to grab a cup, you can smoothly grab the water bottle out of the holster while you run.
2. The water doesn’t spill
There’s no end to the variety of running water flasks that come with a hydration running belt.
Here’s what to look out for in bottles:
- Is the bottle easy to grasp and squeeze?
- Can I open the cap single-handedly?
- Does the bottle cap have a quick-flow mechanism?
- If the bottle bounces around, does any water leak?
- Is the bottle BPA-free and safe for the dishwasher?
- You can carry up to 16 oz. of water
To carry large quantities of water, you may have thought that the only options were backpacks or hand-held bottles. In today’s world of ever-improving sports gear, there are lightweight, simple, and not-too-cumbersome ways to carry your water. Water belts, like Fitletic’s range of hydration belts, come with one or two water flasks with 6oz. or 8oz. fluid capacity.
- The bottles are secure in the water holster
Dropping bottles along the route or fiddling around to get a bottle in or out can take up precious minutes. A water bottle holder needs to fit the bottle snugly and secure it in place. A quick-draw holster with an elastic loop that holds the bottle in place means you can run with the peace of mind that the bottle won’t bounce around.
- You can customize water belts to your needs
The most sensible way to approach a water belt is to use it for a while, and then customize it according to your needs with add-ons. You may find that one water flask is not enough, and you need an extra 6 or 8oz. bottle holder.
If your running pouch is stuffed to capacity with inhalers, gels, sunblock, and energy bars, you may want to carry your phone separately in a phone armband or in an additional phone case that can slip onto your belt. A phone add-on with a True Touch window gives you easy access to your fitness apps and music playlists.
Often overlooked is a separate sunglasses case with a cloth to protect your expensive sunglasses. Besides being perfect for your shades, it can add extra capacity for your essentials like keys, lip balm, and gels.
Once you have customized your Fitletic runners belt, you don’t have to only use it for running. Use it for any activity when you’re on the go, like biking, working out at the gym, hiking, and even taking the dog out for a walk!