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Warming up for the Fit Magazine-City Series Run at the Phoenix Park yesterday was Brian Maher, Rozanne Purcell, Rosanna Davison and Daniella Moyles.

Pic Steve Humphreys

Warming up for the Fit Magazine-City Series Run at the Phoenix Park yesterday was Brian Maher, Rozanne Purcell, Rosanna Davison and Daniella Moyles. Pic Steve Humphreys

Warming up for the Fit Magazine-City Series Run at the Phoenix Park yesterday was Brian Maher, Rozanne Purcell, Rosanna Davison and Daniella Moyles. Pic Steve Humphreys

Gear can be a make-or-break when it comes to getting out the door for a walk or a run. Here's a short list to ensure you have the right gear to keep you exercising:

SOCKS

The right socks can help you avoid blisters and chaffing and make your whole exercise experience more comfortable.

Avoid heavy cotton material. Ideally look for sports socks made by any of the main brands as these will be a mixture of fabrics that will help your feet breathe.

JACKET

Stick to fabrics that are light and breathable as opposed to heavy jackets.

When walking or running you want to feel light and reduce the amount of sweat that can accumulate. Outdoor brands such as Columbia and North Face are recommended.

T-SHIRTS/TOPS

Avoid cotton. It will increase your sweat rate and then the material becomes heavy, damp and uncomfortable. Look for synthetic tops instead; Nike or Underarmour are both good, as are all the main brands.

RUNNERS

When buying runners, you can get your gait checked, ensuring that you are buying a runner that suits how you walk.

It's free and the service is in Elvery's stores nationwide as well as many other sports shops.

This ensures you are in the right runners, protecting your back, hips, knees and ankles.

Irish Independent