Fall Running

TheActiveTimes.com

Fall is here and you can finally run outside, enjoy the natural lights and sunshine minus the hot temperatures.

Studies have shown that spending time in parks can calm the mind while changing the way the brain works in ways that improve mental health. Other research has indicated that people who run on treadmills burn less energy than those who run the same distance outside, mostly because there is no wind resistance and changes in terrain.

But you need the right gear to make running outside a fun and beneficial experience so you don't quit after a week or get injured. Water and wind-resistant fabric is key, and the right pair of socks can be the difference between a good training session and hurt feet.

Even people who don't like running will like jogging surrounded by bright and colorful fall foliage displays. It gets even better. You actually need shockingly low number of miles under your belt a week to get healthy and stay that away, according to a recent study. Less than a mile a day – for a total of six in seven days – will do. Serious runners won't let cold weather, rain or wind stop them from getting some exercise in because they have the proper gear to run safely in any conditions.

Fall Running Gear You Should Have 2016

Garmin Forerunner 735XT
 

Garmin Forerunner 735XT

GPS watches that measure heart rate have become a necessity for every serious athlete. The Forerunner 735XT provides advanced dynamics for running, including ground contact time balance, stride length and vertical ratio. Don't carry your heavy phone anymore, get all notifications you need while still moving. It also offers VO2 max estimate, lactate threshold, race predictor and recovery advisor.

Sugoi Ignite Shelter Jacket
 

Sugoi Ignite Shelter Jacket

This jacket is all you need for a nice run on a cooler day in the fall. The Ignite Shelter Jacket was specifically designed for runners. You won't even need a hat or gloves. The four-way stretch woven fabric is water and wind resistance to keep you warm and dry at all times. You can secure headphone cords on the collar for convenience.

Lululemon Pace Rival Crop
 

Lululemon Pace Rival Crop

This versatile run crop is ideal for both long and short running sessions. The Lululemon Pace Rival Crop is many runners' favorite, according to the reviews, because of the way it fits and stays in place. "Not only are they super comfortable, but the pockets make it so easy to store items. The mesh on the back of the legs is a nice touch," one reviewer wrote.

Patagonia Women's Nano Puff Vest
 

Patagonia Women's Nano Puff Vest

The Patagonia Nano Puff Vest is warm, windproof and water-resistant. The fabric repels light rain and snow and decreases dry times. The vest is also very light, which is what many people like about it. "This new vest is perfect: It fits perfectly everywhere; the collar easily folds down; and the lupine color is so cool. It is light weight, warm and breathable," one review says.

Dragon Alliance EnduroX
 

Dragon Alliance EnduroX

If you are outside a lot, these are the sunglasses for you. The TERRA silo is made for outdoor activities ranging from mountain biking to trail running. The EnduroX have specialized features that adapt to any condition for increased vision, protection, and durability. The lens is polycarbonate and the frame is semi-rimless with adjustable temple.

Fitletic Neo I
 

Fitletic Neo I

This is a perfect water-resistant pouch for everyday activities. Use it even when you go shopping or running random errands; it's more convenient than a purse or a bag because your hands are free. The Fitletic Neo I is upgraded and now fits iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy S5, and other similar sized devices. Dura-Comfort Technology ensures no bouncing, riding up or chaffing.

Roka Sports Women's Elite Run All-Season Sports Bra
 

Roka Sports Women's Elite Run All-Season Sports Bra

The Elite Run All-Season Sports Bra is what its name says it is – perfect for any day and designed to provide support for athletes during training sessions, no matter how fast you're going. It is made with a premium knit for moisture wicking and comfort, and it has a power mesh mid-layer for support. The bra has a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee.

Balega Enduro V-Tech Quarter
 

Balega Enduro V-Tech Quarter

What makes the Balega V-Tech special is the arch support system that provides a structured fit. You won't feel the socks too tight or loose, it's always just right. The new enhanced compression bands create the ideal midfoot support. The socks also have an extra deep heel pocket, mesh construction for ventilation and cushioning to absorb impact.

Betty Designs Fly Capri
 

Betty Designs Fly Capri

Even if you don't feel like running, putting this colorful capri on will trick you into feeling very motivated. You're going to go from not training at all to running in style in a matter of few seconds. The fabric is 72 percent Ply and 28 percent Lycra. The yoga waistband provides for flattering comfort.

SmartWool PhD HyFi Training Gloves
 

SmartWool PhD HyFi Training Gloves

Cold weather won't stop you from getting that runner's high if you have these light gloves to keep you warm by keeping the moisture away. The SmartWool PhD HyFi training gloves are also touch-screen compatible. "I find that they're the most comfortable I've used and very long lasting," one review says.

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