While some purists insist that you don’t need to wear any jewelry while exercising, the simple truth is that you have the absolute right to express yourself as you see fit when you’re running, whether it’s on a treadmill, on a track, or outdoors.
That said, though, it’s important to choose jewelry carefully when you’re exercising. The right jewelry choices will accent your outfit and complement your general look. The wrong choices can lead to loss of jewelry, discomfort, or injury.
So what guidelines should you follow when selecting jewelry for your workout? Many of them are common-sense rules. For instance, wearing dangling earrings is an obviously poor choice. In most cases, dangling earrings are heavier, and this combined with the continuous jarring motion of running can lead to a distracting and continuous jerking on your earlobes. Larger hoops also provide ample opportunity for branches to catch in them. This can lead to earlobe injury and, at the very least, substantial discomfort.
If you would like to wear earrings while running, studs or very small hoops are a good choice, as the pull on your ears and the chances of catching on something are both minimized.
Necklaces tend to be a better choice of jewelry while running. However, it’s important to be cautious. Heavier necklaces, while they don’t necessarily pose an injury threat, can be uncomfortable and distracting on a run. If you wear earbuds or devices with similar wires, you run the risk of tangling the necklace with the wires. This is not generally painful, but it can be a pain to disentangle.
Of all jewelry to wear while running, bracelets tend to be the most comfortable and least risky. As long as your bracelets are not excessively heavy, chances are that they will stay out of the way and not cause undue discomfort.
Of course, jewelry choices are ultimately yours to make – it’s important to make sure you are comfortable and happy in whatever jewelry you choose to accent your running outfit.