5 Ways to Make Your Run More Enjoyable
Let’s face it: Sometimes, running is the last thing you want to do after a long day.
But unlike a 12-hour binge-watching session and a big bag of snacks, going out for a run does the body and mind a world of good. We all know running and other forms of exercise are good for us, but getting into a routine of running as a beginner can be a daunting task.
Luckily for you, Kintec carries tons of products that help the everyday runner achieve better results and have a better time while doing it.
Keep Your Feet Cozy, Not Sweaty
We believe your feet should be comfortable during most – if not all – of the activities in your day, and running is an important part of that.
While you may think socks aren’t worth investing real money into, consider this: Socks that wick away sweat stay fresher for longer and won’t need to be washed after every single run.
Stay Hydrated and Hands-Free
Sure, it’s fairly cold outside right now — but when the hot weather comes, the one situation you don’t want to be in is miles away from a fountain and without a water bottle. But carrying a water bottle with you in one hand isn’t convenient, either.
That’s where hands-free water bottles and bladders come in: a simple way to pack your water without having to stop to dig it out of your bag! There’s no more worrying about how to manage bulky water bottles while you’re one the move, and one less annoying thing to think about during your run. Plus, you will feel more energized if you keep your hydration levels up.
We carry vests, belts, and other products to help make it easier for you to stay hydrated while you’re working out.
Nutrition is an important part of any runner’s lifestyle. Your body runs on the fuel you put into it, so it’s crucial that you’re fuelling your body with what it needs to finish a run or a race. Choose high-quality, nutrient-dense foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables, non-refined whole grains, lean meats and poultry, beans, healthy fats. You should aim to eat a meal or snack every three to four hours to keep blood sugars stable.
When you’re physically active, you require more water – and you should be drinking one cup of water for each caffeinated and alcoholic beverage that you have. Products loaded with carbohydrates and electrolytes will give you energy, and will help keep your body hydrated all the way to the finish line. We even have a recipe for a homemade electrolyte drink.
Minimize Next-Day Soreness
Finishing a run is one thing, but feeling up to another one after you wake up the next day is another. Soreness after a workout is complete normal and expected. After all, that’s what rest days are for. However, if you need multiple days to recover, it’s hard to find motivation to get up and run again. One way to prevent soreness is to stretch, and massage the muscles.
Products such as the Go Fit Travel Foam Roller and the Pro-Tec Y Roller can help ease muscle soreness.
Find a Running Buddy
Some people prefer running alone, but if you find yourself bored out of your mind when you’re running, you may want to think about making your workout more social.
Kintec’s Running Clinics are for runners of all experience, and our instructors lead both beginners and marathon runners. Plus, you get access to educational talks – and even free shoes (up to $160 in value)!
The Kintec Blog is a place to read all the tips and tricks about everything running. If you have any questions about getting started as a runner, get in touch – we’d love to help you out!