In today’s world, we all can become overwhelmed with the vast amount of products on the market. It could be keeping up to date with new gadgets, the latest diet, beauty regimes, and clothes. To make matters worse, we are often told by adverts on the tv, newspapers, magazines, billboards, and radios, why we must have that particular item. At first, it doesn’t phase us, but once the hype spurs others around us, we become consumerist victims. Word of mouth spreads, ending up making us invest in products that we don’t really need or want.
Fitness is one of those industries, especially when undergoing sporting events, as you always have people talking about the best clothing to wear or train in. You may know people who have participated in similar activities or sponsored ads telling you which equipment to use or outfit to buy. If you’re taking part in a walkathon, you may well experience this.
The truth is, when it comes to walking, it’s only you who will know what best to use. In comparison to others, you may have a different physique and need different products to suit your walking style or pace. Just like running, an individual walking style is unique.
Just because it’s unique, does not mean we can’t recommend it.
Unlike the sponsored ads or word of mouth telling you what to buy for your walkathon, our team has researched a range of options for you to make your own decision wisely.
Before we dive further into a list, you must consider the walkathon you’ve signed up to. Think about the weather, season, route, and your body type. These are all crucial factors that may influence your decision. Taking into these, here is what we recommend:
Generally, when walking, you want to wear a loose t-shirt. The reason behind this is, you’ll be moving a lot and t-shirts sit comfortably on your body. Similarly, you’ll be burning calories as you go along, which can generate heat. Unlike wearing long sleeves, your whole arms won’t be restricted and can have fresh air to get to them. Now depending on the weather, you may want to consider the fabric of the t-shirt you wear.
T-Shirts for Hot Weather
Unlike cotton, which prevents breathing space, traps your moisture, and increases your temperature, nylon stays light on your body. Similarly, some of these brands which use nylon have built-in air ventilation holes to allow sweat to escape more easily and air to enter.
T-Shirts for Cold Weather
On the other hand, if you’re participating in a walkathon in a cold climate, you must wear a mixture of fabrics. Depending on how icy it is outside, you may want to opt for more of a base layer top, covering your arms. Likewise, a top made out of cotton,nylon, and wool allows you to breathe and heat to be trapped. There are brands like Adidas, who make breathable sportswear called clima warm. Otherwise, you can also wear nylon and just layer up, using outer layers to retain heat.
Before making your decision about what pants to wear, you need to consider the route you walk. That way, depending on the path, you may want to buy a specific type of pant.
Pants for Hot Weather
Like a t-shirt, you may want to wear fabric in hot weather that can easily allow air to get to your body. In this case, you could wear shorts or pants which are ¾ length or ½ length. Ideally, if you’re wearing pants, get a breathable and stretchy fabric such as nylon.
Pants for Cold Weather
If you’re walking in a cold climate, you might want to wear a base layer of pants and then on top loose long pants. Base layers act as thermals and help keep your legs warm in a cold environment. Often materials with fleece and wool act as an excellent insulator for your legs against the cold.
Pants for Rain
Depending on the chance of rain, you may want to carry lightweight pullover waterproof pants. These pants are easily available, and you don’t need to spend a lot of money purchasing! Similarly, if not waterproof overalls, then pants that are quick dry.
Pants for Trails
Depending on your walkathon route, you may encounter some trails, forests, or environments full of twigs or bugs. Ideally, if you’re your walkathon, uses this type of route, long pants to protect your skin from being exposed would help.
The best type of shoes to wear for a walkathon is sneakers. Preferably a sneaker with an ample amount of grip and is comfortable to wear. We can’t recommend what exact sneakers to wear as they fit everyone’s feet differently. What we would recommend is wear a sneaker to the walkathon you’ve worn before. This way, you’re comfortable walking in them and don’t risk blisters or other injuries to your feet on the day.
Participating in a walkathon with a chance of rain or cold may require you to bring a jacket. If there are chances of rain, consider a lightweight waterproof jacket made out of polyester. This way, it’s breathable and not too heavy to carry in case it stops. Likewise, if it’s windy during your walkathon, this material acts as an excellent windbreaker. Similarly, if the weather’s cold, a jacket, a thermal one would be good to keep your body insulated.
It’s completely optional whether you choose to wear a hat or not. If you’re participating in a walkathon on a hot sunny day, you may want to consider a cap to purchase to protect you. On the contrary, a woollen hat will help keep your head well insulated for a cold walkathon.
If you’re wearing sneakers, ankle socks would be suitable for your walkathon. On the other hand, if you have boots and walking in a cold environment, you may want to consider ones made out of wool to keep your feet warm.
7. Walking Poles
Depending on the distance and type, of the route, walking poles may help you with your work. Especially if you have problems with balance and stability. Likewise, they help ease stress off your hip, back, and knee joints.
8. Water and Snacks
Keeping hydrated is essential, and it’s always a good idea to carry water on you when doing brisk exercise. Also, bring some snacks you can tuck into, keep your blood sugar levels up, and provide you with some energy during your walk.
During your walkathon event, you may have lockers where you can put your stuff. However, if not, it would be ideal if you carried a daysack on you. Simply having a light bag on your back can help you hold your equipment, water, snacks and clothes with ease.
10. First Aid Kit
Often at walkathons, there are paramedics or staff trained in first aid to come to your rescue. Most of the time at the end of the event, there are first aid tents where you can seek treatment. However, you may want to pack a first aid kit with plasters, antiseptic, bandages, and other medical items to be careful. This way you can look after yourself if you or someone in your party got injured.
All of these ten items above are our recommendations for you to consider for your walkathon. You don’t have to purchase everything on this list, as each walkathon is different. Likewise, many other factors may influence your purchases, such as weather, terrain, body type, and money. Everyone is different. Therefore, we hope you’ve gained a greater insight into what you may need and become prepared for your big day reading this.
Just remember to be prepared and have fun when the big day arrives.
If you have any questions about your walkathon preparation, feel free to contact us for further information. Do check out other pages on our website to prepare you for your future walkathon.