Getting Your Smartphone Ready For A Run

by Scott Lewis on September 11, 2013

Today's smartphone has made a few electronic devices expendable. The camera on your smartphone is probably more advance and takes better picture than the last point-and-shoot camera you bought. Most people don't even carry a separate mp3 player anymore with the increased storage capacity and improvements to sound quality from your smartphone. Chances are if you like to run you use your smartphone as your music player. Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your smartphone during a run.

Making sure that your smartphone is secure when running is very important. The last thing you want to have happen on a run is to break your phone by dropping it. A good armband is one of the most comfortable ways that I've found to secure your phone while running. Almost all armbands also provide some level of waterproof protection in case you're caught in the rain. Another good reason to use an armband instead carrying your phone in your pocket is that it helps keep the cord from your earphones out of the way of your swinging arms.

Getting in to the groove and enjoying a song can help distract you from the fact that you are running and also help inspire you to push on through the tough parts of your run. A good set of earbuds goes a long way to helping you get in the zone and enjoy your music. You can spend hundreds of dollars on a high-end set of earbuds, but a solid set of earbuds doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg. I think the most important part of a set of earbuds is finding a pair that fits comfortably in your ears that stay in place while running. It is very frustrating to have your earbuds fallout while running.

If your smartphone has the ability to expand storage with a microSD card, you can easily make customized playlists and change the order so each run is different. You can still organize your music into playlists if your phone doesn't take a microSD card, but it will take a little more time to get it in the order you want and to change for the next run. Using a microSD card is also a great way to share music with friends or family. You can synchronize your playlists with others in your running group to keep everyone at the same pace.

With your phone secured, earbuds comfortably in, and a great playlist playing you are all set for a relaxing run, jog, or walk. If you are looking for a few apps to help you track your exercise or food intake, checkout a few of our app reviews.