How to wear running headband

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Keeping your ears warm, helping with sweat-wicking, keeping your neck warmer and your performance optimised, let’s look at running headbands today

Running headbands can be the difference between a good run and a bad run, let alone getting out of the house in the first place. Sure, we can go to a gym and stay warm, but sometimes it’s not practical. besides, headbands have got more desirable properties than simply keeping your head warm.

Headbands aren’t just an aesthetic dream of the 80s. The best running headbands are called such because they’ve been designed to have as many uses as possible. The most obvious, for example, would be sweat-wicking fabric to absorb sweat away. So, if you are in the gym, it’s cold outside, and so the heating’s up to full, funnily enough, headbands can help to keep sweat from taking over your workout.

Whether you want one for its aesthetic feel (a bright yellow headband always goes down a treat as too doe a pale pink) or you want one for purely functional purposes… there are choices. Let’s go about making the right one for you now.

What else can they do?

Insulation is incredibly important (especially in the UK…where cold weather is almost guaranteed). We can’t be interrupted by simple basics like warmth when it comes to sustaining an incredibly important fitness lifestyle. A lot of heat escapes from the top of your body, especially your head, and so insulation gear will help keep your workouts effective and comfortable.

Absorbing sweat, as we know, is also pretty useful. Dripping from head to toe, with some of that sweat getting into your eyes, can be a bit of a dampening force when it comes to workout comfort. While a sweaty betty headband isn’t necessarily a nice thing to imagine, itchy eyes and cold heads may leave your running lifestyle exclusively in the realms of imagination.

What should they contain?

A female runner wearing a headband

Obviously, you want to be comfy. A headband needs to take away issues, not add to them. Thankfully, given the material used, things like merino wool or fleece-lined gear, you shouldn’t run into that problem too often.

But what about the best headbands?

The best headbands should be light, sweat-wicking, protecting against the sun (reflective in hot weather) and safe. And that safety doesn’t just mean being loose. You should look for reflective light materials too, i.e. high-vis headband gear.

The best running headband will be subjective, but that doesn’t mean a tick list shouldn’t be used.


You should check out this list for the best running headbands on the market, a running headband should be regarded as essential for some runners. Those who need multi-use applications, safety and comfort will only benefit from these items.

Do the right thing, get a running headband now.


Is an elastic headband worth buying?

Any lightweight fabric is worth adding to your running wardrobe, but elastic provided it’s covered with an accommodating material, will boost your chances of having the best headband for you.

**Want to know how to stop heat rash? Read more to find out.

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