“I’m not sure I could run with something strapped to my hips.”
Is this something you thought as you scrolled through gear listings for hydration belts? When it comes to managing hydration while running, it can be tricky to decide which method will work best for you. Handheld bottle? Backpack? Vest? Belt? Hip belts that hold bottles are a popular solution for runners. But running belts can be prone to common misconceptions. Here, we debunk five myths about running belts with water bottles.
5 Myths About Running with Water Bottles
You won’t have enough water
Your items won’t be secure
Running belts are uncomfortable
Waist packs will impact your running performance
The extra weight will hurt your joints
1. Running belts with water bottles won’t let you carry enough water
While hydration is individual, most experts recommend consuming 16 to 24 ounces of water per hour while running. If you hydrate well before a run, you can often stretch this amount to 90 minutes. During longer runs, it’s often possible to refill bottles at public sources such as drinking fountains, convenience stores, and water spigots. With two bottles totaling 16 ounces, the Hydra 16 Hydration Beltis well-suited for a wide range of distances.
2. Running belts don’t keep your personal items securely in place
When some people think of running belts, they imagine gels and bottles flying out of holsters while sprinting down the road. This couldn’t be farther from reality. The ergonomic design of running belts keeps items securely in place as well as easily accessible. TheHydra 16 Hydration Belthas a water-resistant pouch to protect your phone, along with an inner pocket to hold IDs and cash where they can’t fall out even when removing and replacing other items.
3. Running belts with water bottles are clunky and get in the way
Running belts are one of the least awkward ways to carry supplies. They allow you to keep your hands free while avoiding extra weight on your shoulders. The ergonomic fit reduces the typical back and hip discomforts that many runners experience from heavier packs. Two quick-draw bottle holsters securely hold 8-ounce bottles — small enough to be unobtrusive, but with enough capacity for an hour-long run.
As far as comfort and stability are concerned, it’s important to carry water weight close to your body. In addition to a more comfortable fit, many runners find they can remove and replace bottles from a belt without interrupting their stride, avoiding awkward stops when they need to rehydrate. In order to keep the belt snug and less likely to bounce, tighten it around your hips.
Hip, knee, and hamstring issues can result from alterations in your upper body. By keeping the extra weight closer to your hips, you avoid some of these alterations. In addition, fitted material prevents chafing and sores, and running belts are adjustable to meet the needs of your unique body. By keeping your hands free, you’re more likely to maintain a natural stride and catch yourself in the event of a stumble. You’re also more likely to avoid the long-term shoulder or forearm soreness that can arise from handheld bottles. Staying well-hydrated during your run means you’re less likely to experience thenegative effects of dehydration, such as dizziness and confusion. Finally, carrying a phone, keys, and your ID can be crucial in the event of an emergency.
August is officially around the corner and you’re doing your best to stay cool, we totally get it and we’re with you! We’ve put together a few bullet points that will keep you motivated to drink as much water as possible this Summer:
Reasons to Drink Water:
Regulates body temperature
Transports food throughout the body
Assists in delivering glucose to the muscles
Helps remove toxins and waste from the body
Maintains blood volume and blood pressure
Cushions and lubricates joints
Keeps blood thin and circulating
Drinking Water Results In:
Peak muscle function
More comfort during exertion
This is why Fitletic is so dedicated to developing superior hydration packs. Staying hydrated during exertion, especially in the heat, doesn’t just improve performance and comfort, it is critical for safety and health. We want to meet all your hydration needs and let you go totally hands-free while you do it! Ideally, you should be made up of a certain percentage of water, just like body fat percentage and muscle mass. It comes down to the numbers, the amount of water in the human body ranges from 50%-75%. To get really technical, bodybuilding.com states that water makes up nearly 85% of your brain, about 80% of your blood and about 70% of your lean muscle. The thing about water is that you can’t replace it with something else. In fact, many of the beverages we drink do the opposite and actually steal water from the body instead of increase the amount. If all of the positives such as the reasons to drink water and what drinking water results in doesn’t motivate you, let’s flip the coin and look at the other side. Being dehydrated is the #1 cause of daytime fatigue, a 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, difficulty with basic math, and difficulty completing basic tasks. Without the proper amount of water, your body’s circulation can even falter. If you’re dehydrated, odds are your body is not even burning as much fat as it’s able to if hydrated correctly. If you’re into taking care of yourself and part of the self-love craze, look no further. One of the biggest and best beauty tips from models to actresses to everyday people is to drink water, water, water. Not only does it leave your skin dewy and smooth, it can leave your body odor smelling fresh, your breath better, and your hair and nails stronger. Water does just about everything you want that we pay oodles of dollars for in powders, creams and serums. Invest in becoming aware of your water intake and be prepared to see greater results. This quick fix is no joke! Fitletic is here to assist in your quest for proper hydration. Just check out our products today and you’ll be amazed at the variety of options both in function and aesthetics. Happy Summer shopping, athletes!
If you’re not following National Geographic on Instagram, now’s a good time to start. They offer up many visual examples of how humans are hurting the planet. They bring awareness and education directly to those unaware of how their personal products and habits are effecting our planet. Not all are guilty, many are simply uneducated about what it means to be green. If we can create conversation about the problem, we can become mindful about our actions and together make the choice to keep our planet happy and healthy. It wasn’t the first time it hit me, but it was the first time I felt overwhelmingly frustrated about the state of my own habits… National Geographic had posted a picture of a baby seahorse grasping to a cotton swab. The size of the cotton swab is way bigger than the seahorse and they are co-existing as one entity in the ocean. It was a huge wake-up call. Even my cotton swabs were harmful. What else was I missing and were there solutions? As an avid runner, I’ve always felt the sport is environmentally-friendly. After all, it’s you, your sneakers, and the ground beneath you, right? Well, sort of. There’s a huge difference between running on your own 3-5 times a week and being a participant in a marathon event. Marathons have come a long way from being harmful to our planet. However, they were not always so eco-conscious. It’s the plastic cups from water stations that are problematic. According to The New York Daily News, at the New York City Marathon, the New York Road Runners association uses 21,600 bottles of water for the Marathon Eve Dinner. As for race day beverages, there are 1.6 million cups of water used on the course. Enter Fitletic Hydration Accessories. We have created solutions for this very serious environmental problem. Of course everyone needs to be and stay hydrated during a marathon. How you hydrate and what you use to hydrate, however, is a larger issue – and one that can be solved. Fitletic has created Hydration Gear made by runners, for runners. Tried and true gear with a genuinely loyal customer base, Fitletic gives runners the opportunity to do their part in being green on race day. Not only do our accessories allow runners to lessen the amount of cups used, Fitletic also gives runners the choice of when to drink water and not to waste excess water. First, the Fitletic Hydration Belt comes in two sizes, the first holds two 6 oz bottles and the second holds two 8 oz bottles. The bottles are BPA free and they’re dishwasher safe. The dynamically designed waist belt doesn’t ride up or bounce and unlike most other belts, it will stay in place while you’re running a marathon. In addition to solving the harmful water cups issue, it also includes storage for your essentials, smartphone, and gel loops – plus it even has integrated toggles. The large pouch fits iPhone8 +, Samsung Galaxy S8 and other similar sized phones – with a thin case. The Ultra soft Dual-Adjust waist bet also has an interior pocket to securely hold ID and Credit Cards. Our second option for runners participating in marathons is the Fully Loaded Water and Gel Belt. This is a gel carrier and water bottle belt in one. The Fully Loaded carries a high-capacity BPA-free water flask with an easy-flow spout. The belt fits the same sized phones as the Hydration Belt. This brings us to our third accessory: The Hydration Hand Holders may be just what you’re looking for. The first option is the Hydrapalm Bottle Hand Holder that is a palm-held water bottle that dual functions as a smartphone holder. It contains a water-resistant neoprene pouch that fits the same iPhones as the previously mentioned accessories. It also has dual zippers that allow for easy access to phone and essentials in addition to the true touch window that’s audio friendly. The second option is the Hydra Pocket Hydration Band. Along with having the same features as the Hydrapalm, the Hydra Pocket has a lightweight mesh pouch that holds small essentials like your ID or CCs. Now that we’re all totally aware of the stats, the problem and the obvious solutions, don’t just go for the gold on race day, go green as well. Sometimes we need to see something for ourselves or understand how something we do that’s small (like drinking water from plastic cups) when added up, can create a huge problem for the environment. Do you remember your first experience seeing something or reading about an issue that had to do with the environment that really hit a nerve for you? The cups situation at marathons luckily has a solution, find a Fitletic hydration belt or Hydra Hand Held today that speaks to you and go for the gold while being green!