Running is not an activity that requires a lot of additional equipment. You need a good pair of shoes — and that’s pretty much it.
But you’ll definitely want a method of tracking your runs and some way to playing music to get you pumped up.
And while your phone may be able to do both, there’s a much more elegant solution.
Specifically: an Apple Watch Nike+ and a pair of AirPods Pro. Here’s why.
Apple Watch Series 5 Nike+
An Apple Watch Series 5 is one of the best health and fitness companions you can buy. It packs a suite of fitness features but it fits right on your wrist. The Nike+ is particularly well-suited for runners.
If you opt for the more expensive cellular model, that includes the ability to make and receive calls or texts without needing to lug your iPhone around with you.
Beyond that, the current Apple Watch Nike+ comes with a slew of other features like activity tracking, a built-in heart rate monitor and ECG, and a new compass so you never lose your way on your runs.
With its Always-On Display, you can track your progress without ever lifting your wrist.
For safety, there’s built-in fall detection and an Emergency SOS feature so you can easily alert first responders to your location in case of an emergency.
The Apple Watch Nike+ is pretty much an Apple Watch Series 5, but it comes with some more athletically inclined features and style — including custom Nike watch faces and bands at no additional cost.
The next part of the equation is a pair of AirPods Pro. So, you can opt for regular AirPods or any other Bluetooth headphones. But we think AirPods Pro are probably your best bet.
There are a few reasons for that. AirPods Pro, unlike certain Beats headphones, are incredibly small and light — so you’ll barely even notice you’re wearing them.
Unlike regular AirPods, they also come with Active Noise Cancelation (ANC) and increased water resistance so you never have to worry about sweat or rain damaging them.
The new ANC feature might be especially useful for runners because of its Transparency Mode. When it’s enabled, you’ll still be able to hear everything that’s going on around you (like oncoming cars) while listening to music. For runners, that’s a big safety boon.
They also pair and work perfectly with a cellular Apple Watch. You can stream music directly from your wrist to your AirPods Pro and just leave your iPhone at home.
The Two Devices. Together.
Whether you’re a dedicated runner or someone who’s trying to get into running, an Apple Watch Nike+ and a pair of AirPods Pro are the perfect accessories for you.
It isn’t the cheapest combo around, but it’ll really help you cut down on weight while staying safe and entertained during your runs. Plus, the combo will help you track your activity and the progress you’ve made.
An Apple Watch Nike+ (Series 5) GPS + Cellular model starts at $499. AirPods Pro start at $249.
Note that we may earn a commission from products purchased using our links. Thanks for reading!