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Why taking your phone on a run is essential

These days, if you leave the house without your phone, it can feel like you’ve left something very important behind. This is exactly why runners are faced with a dilemma every time they hit the road – should they take their phone or not? While no one is suggesting a runner should be concerned with texting or surfing the internet when they’re out and about, there are actually several reasons taking your phone on a run is essential. Here are four you should consider.

Emergencies

First and foremost, in the event of an emergency, it’s vital that you can get in touch with someone for help. In the world of running, emergencies come in all different shapes and sizes – from sprained ankles to severe cramp.

Records

Many phones now have apps that can record your running progress. This includes how many steps you have ran, what distance you’ve completed and how your heart rate has responded to the exercise. This information can be vital to helping runners improve and achieve a new personal best.

Music

The right music can actually motivate a runner to go the extra distance. If you take your phone out with you, you have access to your whole music library when you begin to hit your stride. Music can also make running a little more entertaining for those who tend to get bored rather easily.

Competition

There is nothing like a bit of competition to get a runner out of first gear. However, if you want to meet up with a fellow runner, it can be quite difficult without a phone. Not only will taking your handset out allow you to call or text the person you’re running with, it’ll also provide you with a clock so you can abide to a meeting time.

Taking your phone out is easy

It’s now very easy to take your phone out with you when you go running. Thanks to running armbands and wrist packs, you can safely store your handset when you begin to pick up pace. Armbands and wrist packs can also be used to hold other essentials, such as keys and credit cards.

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November 01, 2016 by Rob McCartney