Running is an athletic experience that almost anyone can participate in. It doesn’t matter if you’re fit or out-of-shape, old or young, rich or poor. As mentioned in an earlier post, running is part of the human design. We are made to run.

For many folks, the biggest “hurdle” getting in the way of launching an enriching running habit is the lack of proper running apparel.

Whether you’re running for leisure, exercise, or competition, a getting outfitted correctly is of paramount importance. In this blog post, we’ll focus our attention on how to choose running shorts, which are one of the more challenging wardrobe pieces to figure out. We may think we are equipped with enough knowledge to make an informed decision, simply because we’ve worn shorts throughout our lives–at the beach, in the gym, yada yada yada. However, it may surprise you to learn that proper running shorts utilize a more sophisticated design aimed specifically at increasing performance and comfort during a run. Knowing how to weed out the poor choices from the good choices will save you a lot of frustration later on, when you’re in middle of an important run.

Buy shorts with a liner

You shouldn’t have to wear underwear with your running shorts, if the shorts come with a liner. The purpose of the liner is to reduce chafing which often occurs as a result of wearing underwear.

Buy shorts that are the right length for your kind of running

The super-short shorts are designed specifically for long-distance runners. While slightly longer lengths are designed for a more leisure-run. However, I don’t care as much about the length of the run as I do the temperature of the run. If it is going to be blazing hot, I’ll opt for as little material as possible.

Some people solve the chafing problem by wearing some sort of compression running shorts or running pants. That’s cool, too. Though, the yoga pants look isn’t my thing.


Pockets add unnecessary fabric. The only exception I can think of is if you buy a pair of running shorts that feature a pocket in the back center of the shorts. This could come in handy for gels and salts.