In the old days, just normal sneakers and shoes were enough to run. Today, the appeal to health and well-being, well publicized by advertising media, has given new impetus to the practice of the race. Many accessories can be considered superfluous, others essential. The need for each is that it will determine what is really needed for the right activity.
In short races of up to 5 km, cushioned sneakers may be sufficient, but when the focus is on increasing exercise time and distance traveled to 8, 10 or more kilometers and even marathons, the hydration belt becomes indispensable. After all, drinking water is one of the basic recommendations for any and all physical activity.
Drinking water before starting the exercise will not suffice. The water bottle/isotonic waistband will be a companion during training and long competitions. Lest it be a nuisance, the belt should fit tightly to the body. The models are diverse, but those with elastic seams with velcro closure (those of plastic have short durability) and option to carry 2 or 4 bottles of 200 or 260 ml, are the best selling. Some hydration belts come with an elastic fastener that wraps around each liquid container. However, more suitable are those with inclined bottle pockets/holders that make it easier to remove and reposition the bottle.
The hydration belts, usually made of polyester and polyamide, also have pockets for holding keys, lip balm, cereal bar, cell phone. At the time of purchase, it is best to opt for versions that have the adjusting of regulation in the waist, which will give much more comfort, and that have reflective bands to be visible in conditions of low luminosity, like a race in the evening, for example.
The material, manufactured exactly to carry the maximum weight of 800 ml, does not balance and does not cause discomfort. In fact, the athlete does not even remember that he has the belt and still hydrates himself, which is critical to his performance, and does not have to carry a bottle in his hand that would be completely inappropriate, because it interferes with his posture.
Hydration belts are not expensive (prices range from $ 90 to $ 150) and are extremely useful and important for a healthy sports practice. It pays to buy one.