As part of TODAY’s Run for TODAY series, consumer tech expert Jennifer Jolly stopped by TODAY to share the latest running gear that can help you have a better run.
Let’s start with smart workout clothes that keep you warm when it’s cold, cool when it’s hot and when you really start to sweat — help keep you dry and stink free. The Stio Divide Tech Tee for women and Lululemon’s Metal Vent Tech Tee for men both have UV sun protection, don’t chafe and are made with technology that keeps the fabric from smelling.
Compression clothes are all the rage. They not only hold you in and up, but they also promise to help keep muscles warm, help prevent strains and fatigue, reduce overall muscle soreness and wick sweat to prevent chafing and rashes.
Remember when barefoot running was a big thing? Now the hot tech trend in shoes is the opposite of minimalism as shoes pumped with additional cushioning to provide stability and absorb shock are getting all the attention. For example, the Hoka One One Clifton Shoes have more than twice the mid-sole material of a standard model. They feel like walking on clouds.
Shoving ear buds in your ears can keep you from hearing traffic and other important noises when outdoors, but the Aftershokz headphones can help you run safely while still listening to your tunes. These earphones use bone conduction technology as they rest on your jawbone, about an inch off your ear canal, so you can listen to your favorite music but still safely hear what’s going on around you.
Carry what you need
You will always want to protect your phone while exercising, and Belkin has cases to help you do just that. Belkin’s Smartfit Armband is engineered for comfort with a secure fit and slim design. The Gripfit Handband is ideal for people who hate to wear something on their upper arm. Both models have reflective stripes and are machine washable.
Rock your recovery
Now for recovery! Foam rollers are an inexpensive, versatile piece of equipment and are great for releasing tension, working out knots and rehabbing muscles. The Restore Compact Foam Roller is small enough to really get into specific muscle groups and is lightly textured to keep it from slipping.
There’s also the Hyperice Vyper, a super high-tech step up from your no-tech foam roll. It increases circulation and loosens up tight muscles.