Sunglasses can Make Your run More Enjoyable
Most runners take every measure to find the best footwear and clothing possible to make their runs consistently comfortable and relaxed. They do so because they know this usually equates to faster and more enjoyable runs. However, they don’t realize the difference a good pair of sunglasses can make to keeping eyes healthy and safe and improving running quality. Specifically, sunglasses help runners by:
- Protecting eyes from the elements. Quality sunglasses provide at least 99% protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays and shield eyes from wind, dirt, and insects.
- Improving visibility. With the plethora of lens tints and coatings now available, every runner can be assured of clear vision regardless of conditions.
- Easing tension. Wearing sunglasses relaxes facial muscles, which calms the rest of the body and promotes more relaxed breathing. A relaxed run means a faster and more enjoyable run.
With sunglasses’ obvious benefits for runners, the next step involves choosing the right sunglasses.
How to Choose the Best Running Sunglasses
- Look for a secure fit. For example, sunglasses should not bounce or move during a run.
- Consider visibility. If possible, purchase sunglasses with interchangeable lenses, like the high-end running eyewear made by Oakley, to allow for optimum visibility in various lighting conditions. Another option involves sunglasses with photochromic lenses that adjust as conditions change without the need to switch lenses. However, since these options are usually more expensive, many runners choose a single pair of sunglasses with a tint that fits the condition they run in the most.
- Be ready for the elements. Many sunglasses come with anti-fog and anti-glare coatings. These prove especially invaluable when runners are in an unexpected rain or cold or hot conditions.
- Get adjustable if possible. Adjustable nose and ear pieces help reduce lens fogging but also help ensure a secure fit regardless of the wearer.
- Understand lens tints. The right lens tint improves visibility, as already mentioned, and reduces squinting to ease tension. Use “Your Guide to Sport Sunglasses Lens Tints” to help you choose the best tint option(s).
No Need to Break the Bank
When choosing sunglasses, cost becomes a deciding factor for many runners. Since price generally increases as features are added, decide which options exist as non-negotiables, which are optional, and go from there.
You don’t need to spend much money on sunglasses to enjoy the above features, especially for runners who often tend to break or lose sunglasses. Fortunately, plenty of different sunglasses are available to meet any runner’s budget and still meet the basic needs of comfort, protection, and reduced tension.