Let’s face it: if you take up running, you are bound to incur a running injury at some point in your running lifetime. According to studies done at Wake Forest University, “The data suggests up to 79 percent of all runners are injured every year”. Besides having the best running shoes, what other running gear do you need to prevent injuries? Fiddling with smart phones can cause many distractions while running, which is why investing in a running phone belt can help prevent some of those injuries from occurring.
Preventing sports injuries with your running phone belt:
- Pick the right fabrics
- Choose the proper fit
- Get greased up
- Carry an emergency kit
- Weather protection
- Sufficient hydration
- Room for your phone
Pick the right fabrics:
Chafing and sores are a runner’s nightmare. A surprising piece of advice for clothing and belts is to abandon cotton. If you wear synthetic fabrics, they draw sweat away from the body, unlike cotton, which absorbs sweat. For this reason, choose a neoprene belt that has the added advantage of being water-resistant.
Choose the proper fit:
Choosing well-fitting clothes that don’t cut into your skin or cause excessive rubbing is key for the prevention of painful body sores. Look for the same thing in the fit of your running phone belt, because it is just as essential as the fit of your clothing.
Rather than bunching up round your waist against all your other clothes, a more comfortable position for a race belt is low on your hips, just below the hip bone. A stretchable elastic band that adjusts to the shape of your body will cause the least amount of chafing. If need be, buy a belt extender to add more length.
Get greased up:
Before you run, generously apply lubricant to parts of your body that are prone to chafing, like your inner thighs, waist, and nipples. It’s usually recommended that you a petroleum jelly protection product in your couch to apply during a long race.
Carry an emergency kit:
Be prepared for all eventualities with a first aid kit. An annoying blister can ruin a great race, as well as tiny cuts from a fall. Carrying a few band-aids, gauze, and ointments with you is the safest way to run. Also, don’t forget extra fuel from an energy gel. That may just be enough to prevent you from collapsing at the finish line.
If you have persistent aches and pains, always consult with your doctor. Just grinning and bearing through it could lead to a serious injury.
Even in the winter, you need protection from the sun. Keeping sunblock handy in your running phone belt is all you need to prevent sun and wind burn.
Apart from the dangers of dehydration, using a hydration running belt can also prevent skin injuries. According to leading New York dermatologist Fayne Frey, M.D., “Drinking minimizes the salt concentration of sweat. Salt has a sandpaper effect on skin.”
Room for your phone:
Using a running app on your phone is like having a running coach next to you. It can set your warm up and cool down time to prevent pulled muscles. It accurately measures your mileage to prevent overuse injuries. It can remind you to drink at regular intervals to prevent dehydration, and it can even be set to tell you when to replace your sneakers!
Make sure you have your phone by your side either in a Fitletic waterproof armband or a running phone belt. Hopefully you won’t need it for a real emergency.