To run in a gym and to run in the open air are two completely different experiences. The cold wind on your face, the ever-changing landscape and the feel of the gravel beneath your feet truly makes outdoor running great.
However, in today's world, running is much more than just the 'feels'. What matters more is the number of calories burnt, the kilometers covered ... you get the drift.
Yes, we understand you and that's why we've assembled a list of six smartphone accessories for the modern runner. These will help you stick to your exercise and, more importantly, also satiate the stats nerd in you and motivate you to do it better each day
Imagine a smartwatch, GPS-enabled sports watch and an activity tracker all rolled into one. Yes, that the Garmin Vivoactive for you.
The advantage it holds over regular fitness trackers is that its ability to let you check calls and notifications on the go. At the same time, this GPS-enabled watch is optimized to track your sports activities in a much better way.
The Garmin Vivoactive sports a sleek design and is lightweight, unlike regular sports watches. Besides, other notable features include an Always on Display feature, rich and colorful display, and the traditional Move alerts.
The Portholic Workout Armband is the best bet for you if you're searching for a soft and stretchable armband. Made of lycra and neoprene, this armband is water-resistant and even comes with a fingerprint unlock feature.
The good thing about this phone is that it can hold any smartphone up to 6.3 inches. What's more, you can also stick your keys and hook up the extra lengths of your earphone. Also, the reflective edges of the armband keep you safe as these helps define a moving body in the dark.
If an armband is too much of a hassle for you, a nifty solution may come in the form of Gear Beast Running Backpack. With this product, you can bid adieu to swinging cords and distracting wires.
It's a cleverly-designed backpack that can hold a phone, cash, and credit cards, while you go out for a run. Not just that, it lets you seamlessly connect your wired earphones through the precise cut-outs at the top of the bag.
The Gear Beast running backpack is water-resistant and comes with adjustable shoulder straps.
The bag is water-resistant and comes with adjustable shoulder straps so that it sits comfortably on your back. This secures the bag so that it doesn't shift and bounce unnecessarily during your workout.
Another cleverly-designed pack for carrying your essentials is FlipBelt. It features a series of four internal pockets where you can keep everything from your phone, music player, cash, and even your keys.
Once everything is inside, all you need to do is flip the belt inside out and the things will be locked in their place, similar to the running backpack.
Resembling a yoga pant's waistband, the FlipBelt is made from spandex-lycra material and is machine-washable. It's available in multiple colors, however, do keep a note of the size while purchasing it.
So, these were six of the best smartphone accessories for runners. After all, as they say, "Tough runs don’t last; tough runners do". So, what's the maximum distance you've run till date? We will be waiting to hear from you in the comments section below.