Running hydration accessories: 4 alternatives for your workouts
It is essential to stay hydrated while practising our favourite sports. This becomes even more important when the heat comes and you do high temperature training. Proper hydration is key to avoiding muscle fatigue, dehydration and, consequently, cramps or dizziness. Therefore, the market offers us different options when it comes to running hydration accessories, but which is the most suitable for your workouts?
The answer is: it depends on your training needs. Training for 30 minutes is not the same as training for 5 hours. Even so, both workouts need to be supported by good hydration.
With the help of Toni Bravo, technical specialist at Deporvillage, we bring you 4 running hydration accessories that you should think about using and we help you to recognise which one is the most suitable for your training sessions.
1. Vest type hydration backpacks
This vest-type hydration accessory is divided into 4 types according to capacity: 2l, 5l, 8l and 12l. In this case the only difference between them is the storage capacity. Most of these backpacks incorporate two 500ml soft flasks in the chest area and have an interior space in which you can incorporate a 1.5l hydration bag.
- 2L. vest: designed for shorter distances where you don’t need to carry a lot of gear. They are designed for those who prefer backpacks to hydration belts. It will allow you to carry some energy snacks, keys, mobile phone and little else.
- 5L and 8L vests designed to meet the needs of runners in middle distance races. Like the 2L vests, these incorporate two 500ml soft bottles in the chest area. In this case, however, they have more capacity to carry some warm clothes, running poles and more nutrition to face the miles.
- Backpacks / Vest 12L specifically designed for long distance races where the necessary material is higher. These backpacks can hold all the equipment you need to spend hours in the mountains. They also have 2 soft 500ml flasks and an interior space to put a 1.5L hydration bag.
It is very important when choosing a hydration vest or backpack to make sure you choose the right size. Because one size too big or too small will cause chafing and discomfort.
2. Hydration belts
Hydration belts are the alternative to 2L backpacks. They are designed to run short distances in case you don’t want to carry a backpack or hydration vest. In these belts you can carry a 500ml or 250ml soft bottles. They also incorporate a small bag to carry your mobile phone, keys, or some money. They are really comfortable and take up very little space. This is a great alternative for short workouts.
3. Hand bottle holder
Lately handheld bottle holders have become fashionable. They are specially designed so that you can wear them comfortably and without discomfort. They are protected with a mesh that will fit very well in your hand. A good alternative for short workouts if you don’t want to wear accessories on your back or waist.
4. Hydration waist bags
Hydration waist bags are very similar to the belts. The main difference is that the waist bag is attached to the lumbar part and that the bottle is rigid instead of the soft flask. They are recommended for short runs where it is not necessary to carry equipment.
Good hydration on your workouts can make the difference between making progress or stagnating. And your hydration needs will vary depending on your training. Now you know which running hydration accessories are available and how to choose the right one for you.
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