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Find your MP3 running mate

Find your MP3 running mateImage Credit: Supplied

One of the most cost-effective and versatile forms of exercise is running, so it's no wonder why you'd see, even during the height of summer, people pounding the pavement around Safa Park and Zabeel Park, along the Abu Dhabi Corniche and in various other UAE neighborhoods.

An essential part of running routines is music, and what better way is there to keep yourself pumped up for the run ahead than to run to the rhythm of music via an MP3?

There's a variety of great MP3 players in the market like the trusty Apple iPod Touch and smartphones with awesome music player features. But for runners, it has to be an MP3 as the unit has to have enough storage capacity to keep you company through the long and short miles, and be light enough and comfortable so as not to be a burden especially for distance runners.

Some good options out there include the SanDisk Sansa Clip Zip which is small, lightweight and easy to use without taking your eyes off the road; forego with the matching headphones though and get a different one; else, you've truly got monster sound. The Motorola Motoactv includes a GPS and tracks distance and speed to find out which music powers you up most to create a ''performance playlist'' of the best songs for your routine. Monster iSport Blue headphones are known for their incredible sound as they totally seal off external noise (yes, including traffic, so be on the lookout). They can also be submerged in water for half an hour so you can go for a quick dip and clean them post-run.

Among the best headphones out there for endurance athletes include the Yurbuds Ironman Inspire with Kevlar cabling and Monster iSport LIVESTRONG In-Ear Headphones.

Handy Hints:

• Runners opt for MP3s for their big storage capacity.

• Motorola Motoactv can track distance and speed.

• Monster iSport Blue headphones can seal off noise.

Source: Special to Classifieds